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Preparations in full swing for ABU’s 50th anniversary General Assembly

The ABU is preparing for a very special General Assembly, taking place from 22-28 October in Macau, China, says Secretary-General Dr Javad Mottaghi.

And, with registration opening soon, he is urging all would-be participants to make their preparations early to secure a place.

Dr Mottaghi says Golden Anniversaries are rare events, so he expects the week-long GA, workshops and associated events in the Special Administrative Region of China in October to be “something very special”.  

“A 50th Anniversary allows us to celebrate what we have achieved and also assess what we could have done better,” he says. “And it also demands that we throw our imagination forward to grow and improve the Union and set it on the path towards the Centenary.” 

ABU President Mr Gil Hwan-young had earlier prepared a welcome video message for delegates and people thinking of attending the Asia-Pacific’s biggest broadcasting conference, in which he said: “With this General Assembly, we mark a significant milestone in broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We will see how far we have come in the past 50 years – from our new beginning to become a leader for technological and broadcasting developments throughout the world.”

He hoped delegates and invited experts would also look forward to changes to come, so that broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific continued to enrich the hearts and minds of audiences.

In a separate message on behalf of the host broadcaster Teledifusão de Macau, Manuel Pires, Chairman of the TDM Executive Committee, invited delegates to “our wonderful territory within the People’s Republic of China” and said he hoped they had a productive and exciting ABU General Assembly.

“We have a long and interesting history of broadcasting, so as well as the wonderful scenery, delicious cuisines and welcoming people, I hope you will enjoy seeing how far we have come and the exciting developments we are making. As we say, you are welcome to ‘Experience Macau’.”