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Annual Meeting of the ABU Technical Bureau, 30 September, Ashgabat

ABU Technical Bureau makes progress on key issues

The ABU Technical Bureau met in Ashgabat on 30 September to discuss important issues affecting broadcasters.

The Bureau, comprising 18 members, was able to complete a thorough follow-up on the tasks and action items from its mid-year meeting held in early May in Kuala Lumpur.

Remarkable progress was reported on the tasks that were set.  Key issues include cyber security controls and the protection of C-band satellite spectrum for broadcasters.

The Bureau’s Decisions and recommendations will be put forward to the ABU Technical Committee which will meet on 1-2 October.

Mid-year Technical Bureau Meeting, 1-2 May 2018, Kuala Lumpur

The mid-year meeting of the ABU Technical Bureau was held from 1-2 May 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.The meeting covered an extensive agenda addressing many pressing matters and brainstorming discussions on key issues. Members raised their concern on the speed of adoption of digital technologies among some members and the digital divide that it has created within the region. The members agreed to increase the number of technical advisory and consultancy missions to address these issues.

ABU Technical Committee

Mr Hamid Nayeri of IRIB-Iran has been elected the new Chairman of the ABU Technical Bureau and ABU Technical Committee for a new term of two years.

Mr Nayeri is the Director, International Technical Affairs at IRIB and has been actively involved in ABU activities since 2005.  Mr Nayeri served as Technical Committee Vice-Chairman from 2012 to 2016.

Three new Vice Chairmen have also been elected: Dr Kong Bin of RTPRC-China, Mr Sunil of DD-India and Mr Masashi Kamei of NHK-Japan.  The Honorary Vice-Chairman of the Technical Committee for 2019 is Mr Kenichi Murayama of NHK-Japan.

The 18 members elected to the ABU Technical Bureau are Phoenix TV-Hong Kong, AIR-India, MTV-Sri Lanka, RTPRC-China, EAP-Sri Lanka, TRT-Turkey, TBC-Tonga, TVB-Hong Kong, NHK-Japan, Mediacorp-Singapore, IRIB-Iran, RTM-Malaysia, KBS-Korea, NBT-Thailand, RRI-Indonesia, SBA-Saudi Arabia, DD-India and VTV-Vietnam.

The ABU Technical Committee also confirmed the appointment of Mr Kazim Pektaz of TRT-Turkey as Topic Area Chairman for Production, Mr Kenichi Murayama of NHK-Japan as Topic Area Chairman for Transmission, Mr Tharaka Mohotty as Topic Area Chairman for Capacity Building and Dr Li Leilei of RTPRC-China for the Spectrum Topic Area.

The Technical Committee is headed by a Chairman who is assisted by three Vice Chairmen.
The Chairman is elected from among the Full members of the Technical Committee for two-year terms.
The Vice-Chairmen are also elected for two-year terms.

The Technical Committee meets once every year during the annual meetings preceding the ABU General Assembly.

At these meetings, decisions and recommendations are made based on proposals made by the members. In addition, work programmes are decided for the following year. The meetings also provide a forum for exchange of information on technological developments.

The 2019 Technical Committee Meeting will be held in Tokyo, Japan on 17 November.

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