GS Paper - 2 (International organisation)

India’s presidency of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) was unanimously extended for another year by AIBD member countries at the two-day general conference of the institute. At present, AIBD is chaired by Prasar Bharati CEO Mayank Kumar Agrawal, who is also the director general of Doordarshan. The conference was inaugurated by information and broadcasting minister Anurag Singh Thakur.

What is AIBD?

  1. The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) was established in August 1977 under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
  2. It is a unique regional inter-governmental organisation servicing countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media development. It is hosted by the Government of Malaysia and the secretariat is located in Kuala Lumpur.
  3. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) are the founding organisations of the Institute and they are non-voting members of the General Conference.
  4. Full membership of the AIBD is confined to sovereign states and they are invited to designate the broadcasting authority of the country to be the beneficiary.
  5. The AIBD currently has 26 Full Members (countries), represented by 43 organisations, and 50 Affiliate Members (organisations) with a total membership of 93 representing 46 countries and regions and over 50 partners in Asia, Pacific, Europe, Africa, Arab States and North America.

What are the vision, mission and objective of AIBD?

  1. Vision: To achieve a vibrant and cohesive electronic media environment in the Asia-Pacific region through policy and resource development.
  2. Mission: AIBD aims to innovate and inspire media growth by providing the best tools available in the industry and introducing the latest trends which sets the benchmark for excellence in the Asia Pacific region.
  3. Objective: The strategic plan of the AIBD calls upon the Institute to play a more assertive role for the benefit of its present and future members by serving as the regional platform to encourage dialogue and cooperation in the electronic media policy of the Asia-Pacific region, taking full account of emerging current and global, regional and national issues