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Broadcasters gather for ABU’s Pacific Media Partnership

Broadcasting professionals from the Pacific and around the world are gathering in Vanuatu for the 4th regional forum on Broadcasting for Development.

The ABU Pacific Media Partnership in Port Vila from 17-19 September 2013 will have three days of workshops, plenary and a summit of regional media leaders together with experts and speakers from around the globe.

The event will gather together content makers, producers, engineers, news reporters and senior management executives for a forum that ABU Secretary-General Dr Javad Mottaghi says will “provide an excellent platform for Pacific broadcasters and other media players to share their experiences and to extend mutual collaboration”.

“In the rapidly developing world of technology and content creation, it is a matter of priority for every broadcaster to be able to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the new environment, enhance staff skills and develop their facilities,” he says.

“The ABU is committed to continue its Pacific Media Forum to empower the broadcasters in the Pacific region to achieve these objectives.”

There are many established and emerging broadcasting organisations in the Pacific Islands of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu and the Norfolk Islands and most of them are members of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

The ABU and its partners the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and NHK-Japan will bring experts and broadcasters together to discuss how to face various challenges – from developing infrastructure, choosing and implementing digital technologies, developing new genres of content and accessing audiences with new services.

The event is being hosted with the ABU’s local partner Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC). It will start with two days of workshops and seminars, with the third day devoted to the summit with an international list of expert speakers.