The Director of AIBD, Mrs. Philomena Gnanapragasam, called on the Ambassador of France in Malaysia, His Excellency Frederic Laplanche in Kuala Lumpur on 17th October, 2019. The meeting was part of the series of courtesy call-ons that the new Director is making to rebuild AIBD’s networks and partnerships.
The Director highlighted that France has been a member of AIBD for a long time and appreciated the efforts in supporting the activities of AIBD. She said that AIBD is launching new initiatives and activities, exploring opportunities so that the member countries and organisations are benefitted in the end.
Ms Gnanapragasam briefed the Ambassador on some of the key activities being undertaken by AIBD, such as Angkor Anti-Fake News Initiative, Asia Media Summit 2020 in Nepal and Information Ministers’ Conclave in Samoa next year among others.
Congratulating on her appointment, the Ambassador reassured France would remain an active partner and a member of AIBD. His Excellency said that his team would sit down together and plan out areas that France could be of beneficial to other members. “Definitely, there are areas that we would like to help and at the same time also learn from other member countries”, the Ambassador said.