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India elected president of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development

India was today elected as the president of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, a regional inter-governmental organization established in 1977 under the auspices of UNESCO, officials said.


PTI 03 Aug 2018, 02:48 PM India

India was today elected as the president of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, a regional inter-governmental organization established in 1977 under the auspices of UNESCO, officials said.

India got the presidency of the organization, servicing countries of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media development, for the first time by defeating Iran in the election that took place in Sri Lanka, Information and Broadcasting Ministry officials said.

Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) was established in 1977 under the auspices of UNESCO. It is hosted by Malaysia and its secretariat is located in Kuala Lumpur.

The AIBD is mandated to achieve a vibrant and cohesive electronic media environment in the Asia-Pacific region through policy and resource development.

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) is a founding organization of the institute and is a non-voting member of the general conference, the officials said.

AIBD currently has 26 member countries, represented by 34 organizations, and 67 affiliate member organizations with a total membership of 101 representing 48 countries and regions and over 50 partners, the officials said.

India's presidency is for two years and will help it in leveraging itself as the broadcasting and media hub in Asia Pacific region, they said.

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