In a historic feat, India has been re-elected as the President of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) General Conference (GC) for an unprecedented third successive term. This remarkable accomplishment, announced by Apurva Chandra, Secretary of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, signifies a monumental moment in AIBD’s history. The decision showcases the immense confidence bestowed upon India by broadcasting organizations across the Asia Pacific and the global arena.
Background: AIBD’s Significance and Membership Composition
Established in 1977 under the auspices of UNESCO, AIBD stands as a prestigious institution with 92 member organizations spanning 44 countries. Among its members are 26 government representatives from various countries, comprising 48 broadcasting authorities and broadcasters, along with 44 affiliates from 28 nations and regions across Asia, Pacific, Europe, Africa, Arab States, and North America.
India’s Enduring Role: Founding Member and Prasar Bharati’s Contribution
India’s involvement in AIBD is deeply rooted, being one of its founding members. Prasar Bharati, India’s public service broadcaster, represents the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, within AIBD. This enduring partnership underscores India’s commitment to the development and enhancement of the broadcasting landscape on both regional and global scales.
Key Event: The 21st General Conference & Associated Meetings 2023 (GC 2023)
The pivotal moment in India’s broadcasting history unfolded during the 21st General Conference & Associated Meetings 2023, chaired by Gaurav Dwivedi, the Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati. Held in Port Louis, Mauritius, from October 2 to 4, this conference served as the platform for recognizing India’s outstanding leadership. The event focused on fostering a vibrant and cohesive electronic media environment across the Asia-Pacific region through strategic policy formulation and resource development.