India was on August 3, 2018, elected as the President of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) for a period of two years. India got elected against Iran during voting which took place at the 44th annual gathering of AIBD in Colombo. The three-day gathering was inaugurated by Sri Lankan Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera.
1. The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) is a regional inter-governmental organisation established in 1977 under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific And Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
2. The institute serves countries of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media development.
3. It currently has 26 member countries, represented by 34 organisations, and 67 affiliate member organisations with a total membership of 101, representing 48 countries and regions and over 50 partners.
4. The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) is a founding organisation of the institute and is a non-voting member of the general conference.
5. It is mandated to achieve a vibrant and cohesive electronic media environment in the Asia-Pacific region through policy and resource development.