On 20th September Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur inaugurated the 47th Annual Gathering and 20th Asia-pacific Institute of Broadcasting Development (AIBD) General Conference (GC) and Associated Meeting 2022 that took place from 19th September, 2022 to 21st September 2022 in New Delhi.
- India’s Presidency of the prestigious AIBD has been extended for another year and the decision was unanimously taken by the AIBD member countries at this 2-day GC.
- Currently, Sh. Mayank Kumar Agrawal, Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharati and Director General, Doordarshan is the President of AIBD.
i.Theme of the event is ‘Building a stronger future for broadcasting in the post pandemic era’.
ii.During the event, Union Minister Anurag Thakur presided over the award presentation for 2021 and 2022.
iii.Attendees – The gathering was inaugurated in the presence of Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Dr. L Murugan, Secretary, I&B Shri Apurva Chandra and Director, AIBD Ms Philomena Gnanapragasam.
i.The Appreciation Award for 2021 was conferred on Radio Television Brunei.
ii.The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021 was given to Mr Khieu Khanharith, Minister of Information and Communication, Cambodia.
i.The Appreciation Award for 2022 was shared by the Ministry of Economy, Civil Service, Communications, Housing and Community Development, Republic of Fiji and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.
ii.The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022 was conferred on Mayank Agarwal, CEO of Prasar Bharati; Director General of Doordarshan and President of AIBD.
About AIBD annual meeting:
i.The AIBD GC and its Associated Meetings is the annual official gathering which is open to member countries, affiliates, partners, observers and leading broadcasters.
ii.Government of India’s, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting holds the Full Membership of the AIBD and Prasar Bharati, public service broadcaster of India utilises the various services of the AIBD.
Note – India has hosted AIBD GC & Associate meetings in the years 1978, 1985, 2003.
About Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD):
AIBD is a regional inter-governmental organisation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media development.
President – Mayank Kumar Agrawal
Establishment – 1977
Members – 26 countries as full members; 43 organisations and 52 affiliate members