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Broadcasting Body Assures Close Ties

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has reassured it would work closely with Fiji in improving servicing its members which include Fiji Television Limted and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation. ABU acting president Hikaro
21 May 2016 15:01
Broadcasting Body Assures Close Ties
Attorney-General, and Minister for Finance, Civil Service, Public Enterprise, Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with participants during the opening of the ABU Administrative Council Meeting at the Sheraton Fiji Resort, Denarau Island yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has reassured it would work closely with Fiji in improving servicing its members which include Fiji Television Limted and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

ABU acting president Hikaro Duamoto said this during the 101 Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Administrative Council Meeting at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau Island.

The ABU is a non-profit, non-government, professional association to assist the development of broadcasting in the region. It promotes the collective interests of television and radio broadcasters and encourages regional and international co-operation between broadcasters.

Mr Duamoto said: “Broadcasting organisations share an important role in building a disaster resilient nation with reconstruction effort in progress since Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“By utilising our network and experience with broadcasters across the world, the ABU will spare no effort in further strengthening our co-operation and relationship with our ABU members in Fiji.”

Mr Duamoto said through the exchange of information among broadcasters in the world, the ABU meeting would help reinforce disaster risk reduction efforts.

ABU secretary-general Javad Mottaghi said: “The ABU … will pay more attention to Fiji including the Pacifi c Islands for media development in the region. “We are pleased to involve and engage more media in the Pacifi c Islands about training and on climate change and technological help. We are able to support you.”

In 2014 ABU hosted the Pacific Media Partnership conference at the same venue.

“Since then we had many activities so far in the Pacific Islands. I am pleased we would like to enhance and expand partnership with ABU and fully support their views,” Dr Mottaghi said.

He said the ABU with its administrative council, the second most important decision-making body of the ABU after the General Assembly will decide that Fiji will host the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Summit in the future.

“We are here to support Fiji and we do support the future.  I can assure you that in 2018 or 2019 we will come back again for the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Summit,” Dr Mottaghi said.

“Fiji’s willingness to host more ABU events and the General Assembly, we wish to look into that and wish to engage more in future.”

Two weeks ago a similar summit was held in Krabi, Thailand.

“This is mainly to save lives. 44 people lost their lives here in Fiji (TC Winston), so the summit offered an activity in order to increase the awareness on any one broadcasting system,” Dr Mottaghi said.

Meanwhile, ABU has huge network in capacity with 282 members in 69 countries with an ability to reach 3.5 billion viewers.

Edited Rusiate Mataika

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