UK Government communication experience relayed at Ministry of Information

UK Ambassador Mr. Dan Chugg makes a presentation of UK Government’s experience of communications sector. Photo: MNA
UK Ambassador Mr. Dan Chugg makes a presentation of UK Government’s experience of communications sector. Photo: MNA

A presentation of the UK Government’s experience in the communications sector was held at the Ministry of Information yesterday and was led by UK Ambassador Mr. Dan Chugg with Ameila Austin, UK Regional Head of Communications.
In his opening speech, Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun said the presentation will be sharing the experiences and insight of the UK Government in the communication sector. He said we must realize the importance of communications as it disseminates information.
He said the Ministry of Information conducts its work with the aim to inform, educate and entertain, and is responsible for disseminating information to the general public. He said it is important to identify where, whom, when, and how to communicate information. He said a lack of effective communications in society will lead a surge in unconstructive disinformation, inaccurate news, rumors, and hate speech which will lead to unnecessary misunderstandings.
There are numerous challenges present in Myanmar’s transition process and the eyes of the international community are focused on the country right now, said the Deputy Minister. He said State and private media are currently slow to respond to these situations. He said now is a crucial time to improve the communication system in the country. He said this is why workshops and presentations to exchange experiences in the media sector with other countries, such as this one, are held so that we may learn methods from their governments.
Next, the UK Ambassador explained the UK Government’s communications system and methods. Following this, the UK Regional Head of Communications discussed effective communications campaign planning and participants then engages in small group discussions.
Afterwards, Dr. Thida Tin, Deputy Director-General of the Information and Public Relations Department, and the UK Regional Head of Communications delivered separate closing speeches.
The Presentation on UK Government Communications is jointly organized by the Ministry of Information and the British Embassy with 40 MoI officials participating in the event. —MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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