[cr-india] AMARC Asia Pacific and SAARC Information Centre to Work Jointly for the Development of Community Radio in South Asia

Suman Basnet suman_basnet at asiapacific.amarc.org
Fri Jun 28 08:52:46 CDT 2013

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For immediate release: 


AMARC Asia Pacific and SAARC Information Centre to Work Jointly for the
Development of Community Radio in South Asia


June 28, 2013, Kathmandu.  The World Association of Community Radio
Broadcasters (AMARC Asia Pacific) and the SAARC Information Centre (SIC)
have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work jointly for the
development of community broadcasting in South Asia. The South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) alliance includes Afghanistan,
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The
AMARC-SIC MOU is based on an earlier decision made by the SAARC Standing
Committee to organise SAARC level consultations and capacity building
workshops on an annual basis in partnership with AMARC Asia Pacific.


Mr. Ashish Sen, President of AMARC Asia Pacific has welcomed the partnership
with SIC. "The MOU will have long term and positive impact on community
broadcasting in South Asia. On behalf of AMARC, I welcome the MOU and look
forward to working with SIC to achieve our common objectives of advancing
the community broadcasting in the sub region. Through the partnership, we
hope to advocate for community radio at the highest level of policy making
in South Asia," Mr. Sen said.


As the first step of implementation of the MOU, AMARC and SIC will organize
a South Asian Seminar on "Enhancing role of Community Radio and Promoting
Positive Social Change"  from August 25-27 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal. It will
be participated by policy makers, community broadcasters & advocates and
stakeholders of the sector from the South Asian Region. The seminar will be
informed by the first community radio stock taking seminar held by AMARC
Asia Pacific earlier this year from in January 2013 in New Delhi. The
upcoming seminar will review the general status of community radios since
January and will focus on enhancing dialoguing between policy makers and
community broadcasting advocates on the primary concern areas forwarded by
the New Delhi consultation, namely, policy/legislation, sustainability,
technology/access, and knowledge/capacity. Detail information about the
Seminar will be released shortly. 


Mr. Suman Basnet, Regional Coordinator of AMARC Asia Pacific and Mr. Laxmi
Bilas Koirala, Director of SAARC Information Centre signed the MOU on behalf
of their respective organizations. 




Through service to its members, networking and project implementation, the
World Association of Community Radios (AMARC) brings together more than
5,000 community radios, federations and community radio partners in more
than 130 countries. The main impact of AMARC since its foundation in 1983
has been to accompany and support the establishment of a global community
radio sector. AMARC does lobbying and advocacy for the right to
communication internationally, nationally and at the local and neighborhood
levels, and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio
movement through solidarity, networking and cooperation. For more
information, please contact Suman Basnet, Regional Coordinator for
Asia-Pacific, suman_basnet at asiapacific.amarc.org or visit


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Suman Basnet

Regional Coordinator

AMARC Asia Pacific

Kathmandu, Nepal

Email:  <mailto:suman_basnet at asiapacific.amarc.org>
suman_basnet at asiapacific.amarc.org 

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