8 November 2012

Gambia: Taiwan Media Development Synergy Opens in Taipei

Taipei — The 2012 workshop on Taiwan Media Development organised by the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), opened Wednesday at the ICDF headquarters in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei.

This is the 21st consecutive session of the event that gathers the Taiwan's allies from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, Central Asia and Africa. Twenty-nine participants from Taiwan's 28 allies are attending the workshop.

Presided over by Chang-Cheng Yeh, the ICDF director of International Education and Training Department, the workshop aims to introduce participants from partner countries to Taiwan's media industries, which will include an overview of the development of Taiwan's media industries, discussion on the roles of those disseminating information and knowledge as well as to show how the media sector can accelerate the enhancement of a nation's civil society and economic development, and examine specific case studies. Participants will also visit related government institutions and outstanding media enterprises, with a special emphasis on broadcasting media.

In his opening ceremony, Yeh told the media practitioners that Taiwan is a tiny country with human resource as her most valuable asset that they capitalized on and developed. Due to the development experience of the Taiwanese people, Yeh said the country has tremendously invested in her human resource and that has made it one of the most developed nations in the world.

He further stated that the workshop is one of Taiwan's famous activities where they share their development experiences with their allies. "We hope that you will all learn to know more about Taiwan during the course of your stay here," he added.

Cathy Chen, the programme manager at the ICDF, said her institution is mandated with the responsibility of putting Taiwan government's foreign aid policies into action. According to her, Taiwan has a strong collaboration and experience sharing mechanism with other countries to maintain a high medical standard. Chen also said that Taiwan strongly capitalised on her human resource base to achieve development. "ICDF projects provide trainings to ally countries which allow their citizens to improve to overcome poverty and enjoy the fruits of development," she added.

During the course of the 14 day synergy, participants will discuss how new generations of reporting tools are becoming available to those in the media and learn how the industry remains a key driver of social diversification. The will also learn about these issues through specific case studies. Participants will also make site visits to relevant government institutions and outstanding media enterprises.

The workshop will place a special emphasis on broadcast media and the social responsibilities that such media carries before it wraps up on the 20th November 2012.

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