New Delhi, May 11
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Asia has emerged as one of the promising regions for media business and offers opportunities for international cooperation, in his message to the two-day Asia Media Summit which concluded here today.
The message of the prime minister, who is in Nepal, was read out by Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) director Chang Jin.
India hosted the annual summit of the AIBD for the first time. The theme this year was ‘Telling Our Stories – Asia and More’.
“Prime Minister Modi points out that our region has emerged as one of the promising regions for media business, especially the broadcasting sector. The opportunities for international cooperation range from technology partnership to sharing of successful strategies for inclusive communications and our eventual aim shall be to deepen the media and democratic space in the region,” Chang Jin said in his closing remarks, referring to Modi’s message.
He said the prime minister also noted that the “noble aim” of the event was to give voice to the poor population in the region.
Addressing the closing session, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that it was time for Asia to “shape” its own stories of human struggle against all odds, to brighten its future.
“For far too long, the western countries have shaped the stories of Asia and I think now it’s time for Asia to shape its own stories, real stories, the stories of emotions, successes, struggles but eventually the stories of human ability to conquer difficulties and move ahead,” he said.
He said discussions during the summit would help in exchanging the best practices across the nations on media technology, content and new platforms.
“This would facilitate better regional cooperation in reaching out to millions of underprivileged Asians to utilise the information in best way for their development,” he said.
Rathore also gave away the World Television Awards 2018. PTI