The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) will be exploring ways to increase international networking and partnerships at the 2016 World Forum for Media Development to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from September 20 to 22, 2016.
The 2016 World Forum for Media Development, entitled Decoding the Future: Rethinking Media for a New World is being organised by in partnership with the Indonesian Press Council at Multimedia Nusantara University in Tangerang.
The ACM, the Pan-Caribbean organisation of media professionals, will be represented by President and Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) Steering Committee member Wesley Gibbings and 2nd Vice President, Denis Chabrol. They will be highlighting the unique challenges, opportunities and trends in the various sessions at the conference that has been organised by the GFMD.
The ACM intends to strengthen relations with fraternal organisations from both the developed and developing world and maintain a Caribbean presence in such global fora.
“I believe we have brought the region’s unique perspectives on media development to the international discussion in unprecedented fashion,” Gibbings said. “Huge needs however remain unfulfilled and as an organisation it is our duty to continue raising global awareness of the things that would enhance development of this key industry in our part of the world.”
A range of subjects relative to the utilisation and application of Information Communications Technology (ICT) that are of regional and international importance will be discussed at the conference.
Organisers say topics include best practices, new technologies and practical research, solutions to challenges facing the sector, ideas that will sustainably enhance news coverage, access to information and protection of journalists.
“In the midst of the global debate on countering the narrative of radical groups, the role of media in promoting development and free access to information, the World Forum is timelier than ever,” the GMFD has said.
The ACM was an inaugural member of the GFMD and Gibbings has occupied a seat on the body’s Steering Committee for two consecutive terms.