Call to ensure ASEAN information remains relevant

|     Rokiah Mahmud     |

IT IS imperative to multiply efforts and strengthen cooperation so that ASEAN member countries can keep up and adapt and ensure that ASEAN information remains relevant with rapid changes in information technology and the communication landscape occurring in ASEAN member countries but also globally, Director-General of the Philippines Information Agency, Harold E Clavite said.

He made these comments in his capacity as chairperson of the 4th Senior Officials Meeting Responsible for Information, Media and Training (4th SOMRI) Working Group 2019 hosted at Radisson Hotel yesterday.

In his welcoming remarks, he said the goal of the meeting is to discuss in detail the continuity of the 3rd SOMRI Meeting held last year in Boracay, Philippines.

The meeting, coordinated by the Information Department through its International Affairs Unit and running from January 14 till today, is participated by representatives from the 10 ASEAN member states, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam as well as the ASEAN Secretariat.

Other agenda items up for discussion included policy options and recommendations to develop the ASEAN information and media sector and raise public awareness and appreciation of the work ASEAN does and the benefits it brings.

“We also expect to [pave] the way forward in implementing the ASEAN Communication Master Plan 2018-2025 and in furthering our cooperation with our dialogue partner countries.”

The participants also deliberated on the actions and initiatives that have been taken by the working group, the implementation of projects with dialogue partners and international organisations, as well as the monitoring of the ASEAN Strategic Plan of Information and Media 2016 – 2025.

Additional priority areas, including policy options in broadcasting, print media, journalism and capacity building for media workers, as well as addressing public education on the use of new media for ASEAN awareness, promotion of media and information literacy, and addressing fake news, will also be discussed.

Coordinators and participants in a group photo. – PHOTOS: ROKIAH MAHMUD