Media roundtable discussion held on challenges to rising ASEAN

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The 3rd ERIA Editors Roundtable, jointly organized by  the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia  and the local Mizzima Media Group, was held here Tuesday on the theme of “challenges to a rising ASEAN”.
The event was attended by Union Information Minister U Ye Htut, Professor Hidetoshi Nishimura, executive director of ERIA, ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh, Chief Editor of Mizzima Media U Soe Myint and journalists from local and foreign media groups.
Nishimura and U Soe Myint delivered opening speeches, followed by a discussion on the topic “Myanmar-ASEAN Beyond 2015” proposed by the union minister.
The participants discussed the possible consequences of the establishment in 2015 of the ASEAN Economic Community during Malaysia’s chairmanship of the grouping, the future challenges of the bloc, as well as the preparations of Myanmar.
NHK of Japan, the Nation Multimedia Group of Thailand, Fairfax Media of New Zealand, the Asian Wall Street Journal and the People’s Daily of China also exchanged views on the future of the media industry.
At the end of the talks, the ASEAN secretary-general answered questions by journalists.
Senior Communication Advisor Kavi Chongkittavorn of ERIA then made a closing speech of the event.

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