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ASBU at the Belt and Road Media Community Summit Forum 2018

Represented by its Director General, Eng. Abdelrahim Suleiman, the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) has recently participated in the 2018 Belt & Road Media Community Summit Forum, held on September 14-15, 2018 in the historic Chinese city of Xi'an. Craddle of the ancient Silk Road, Xi'an, the capital of at least 12 dynasties is not welcoming trade caravans today, but professionals from over 100 media outlets around the world.

Over 300 international media professionals attended the summit, whose theme was New Era, New Achievements, New Breakthroughs, to discuss major plans for future cooperation and development.

Over 10 cooperation achievements and new projects were unveiled, covering 6 major categories: the addition of new members, program co-production, local channels and time slots, program simulcasting, news and information cooperation, and "Golden Ribbon" multinational cooperation.

Eng. Suleiman also participated several side activities aiming at strengthening Arab-Chinese cooperation in the field of radio and TV and media production. He paid a visit to China’s Arabic language TV channel (CGTN), met its chinese and Arab professionals, toured its studios and productions premises. He discussed with his hosts ways to improve the channel’s cooperation with counterparts in the Arab region, mostly in the fields of news and program exchanges, co-production, training , as well as the competition CGTN organizes for Arabic-speaking youths.

In addition, the visit was the occasion for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China’s International TV Corporation. The MOU welcomes ASBU as a new member in the Belt & Road Media Community Summit Forum and outlines future partnership and cooperation between China’s media, particularly CGTN and its counterparts in the Arab region. Such a cooperation is expected to cover the following fields:  simulcasting, program trading, international co-production, information sharing and channel management. Indeed, once the members have become familiar with cooperating and partnering with each other, they will evaluate the possibility of creating the “Silk Road Channel.” This will be a television channel that will be aired in several languages, which members will jointly operate and garner profits.

Since inception in 2016, membership in the Belt & Road Media Community (B&RMC) has grown to 103 institutions from over 51 countries, including 5 new members who joined at the Summit include ASBU,Germany's TV Alliance,Cambodia's Digital Sky Multimedia,Cambodia's V Stream and Japan'sWorld Hi-Vision Channel. B&RMC development and advancement over the past few years includes extensive and practical communication; cooperation for international co-production; the creation of the short documentary Golden Ribbon competition; television program simulcasting; cooperative operation of channels or time slots; program trading and information resource sharing.