AIBD’s capacity building programs for Asia-Pacific are under review and will expect critical changes to take advantage of the digital platforms.
“ The omnipresence of media and real-time velocity with which information is now disseminated have pushed AIBD to initiate fundamental changes to its human resource development initiatives,” AIBD General Conference President Thoyyib Mohamed Waheed said in his keynote address before the pre-summit Seminar on Capacity Building and Training Strategies in the Digital Media Landscape that started today in Hanoi.
Mr. Waheed who is also Minister of State for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Department of Information, Republic of Maldives stressed the Asia Media Summit and its numerous pre and post summit activities are good platforms to further enhance AIBD training approaches in the digital world that will benefit broadcasters in the region. However, he said any change would be guided by the principles of respect for cultural diversity, pluralism, impartiality, sensitive reporting, gender mainstreaming and children’s rights, which are part of the Bangkok Declaration that AIBD adopted in 2003.
More than 50 participants from 20 countries are attending the one-day seminar organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Unesco with assistance from The Voice of Vietnam, the host of the Asia Media Summit 2011.
In his speech, Minister Waheed urged participants to examine best practices and explore various strategies in using new media for training purposes.
AIBD Director Yang Binyuan delivered the welcome remarks and urged delegates to identify critical changes and ways to mange them more effectively in redesigning training programs for broadcasters.
A total of seven workshops and seminars are ongoing in Hanoi as a prelude to the Asia Media Summit that opens tomorrow.