5th ASEAN Media Forum highlights the Bloc's Goals, Achievements and Challenges

5th ASEAN Media Forum highlights the Bloc's Goals, Achievements and Challenges

The 5th ASEAN Media Forum held virtually by the ASEAN Secretariat on August 13 continued to highlight the bloc's goals, achievements, and challenges to the region’s top media editors and influencers. 

Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi asserted their priority and plan in enhancing efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of the people in the region. He emphasized that while media has become an integral part of the advancement of societies, reliable channels of communication that inform, educate and empower people are increasingly essential.

“ASEAN would also benefit from your insights being the voice of integrity and the bridge between our vast and diverse communities to secure a sustainable and resilient future,” he said.

During the opening session, participating ASEAN senior editors shared their experiences regarding restrictions they faced in their reporting job due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was followed by a panel discussion on “The importance of multilateralism in a diverse ASEAN.”

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)

The panel featured former Secretary-General of ASEAN, Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, who is currently the Executive Deputy Chairman of S Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore; Moe Thuzar, fellow and co-coordinator of Institute of Southeast Asian Studies’ Myanmar Studies Programme; and Dr. Chang-Yau Hoon, Director of the Centre of Advanced Research at the University of Brunei Darussalam.

The highlight of the forum was an exclusive conversation where media leaders had the opportunity to hear insights from and exchanged views with the Secretary-General of ASEAN and former Foreign Minister of Indonesia Marty Natalegawa.

It was stressed that ASEAN should continue to enhance its convening power as well as its thought leadership to manifest its centrality. It is also critical for ASEAN to uphold and promote its principle of resolving disputes through peaceful settlement. 

The event was made possible with support from the German Federal Government through the Deutsche Gessellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit.

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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