KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – The Asian Association for Communications – SIGNIS Asia – is scheduled to hold its annual assembly 2011 in Kathmandu, Nepal from October 16 to 22 at Dhulikhel Lodge Resort outside Kathmandu.
The theme of the assembly is: “Media for a Culture of Peace: CREATING IMAGES WITH THE NEW GENERATION.” Some 60 participants from 20 countries are expected at the events in which Signis World president Mr Augustine Loorthusamy and Catholic Media Council (CAMECO) Asia-Pacific representative Mr Georg Amshoff will participate.
“The largest country delegation at the assembly is fromIndiawith 11 delegates,” says Signis India president Mr Sunil Lucas.
The assembly theme is also the SIGNIS World theme to guide the work of the association for the next three years. It is inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for the 45th World Communication Day 2011: “Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age.”
“Even though we do not have SIGNIS in Nepal we hope that holding the Asian Assembly for the first time in Kathmandu will generate interest among Christian media professionals to form Signis-Nepal,” says SIGNIS Asia president Mr Lawrence John from Malaysia who arrived in Kathmandu, 14 October.
The head of Catholic Social Communications in Nepal Mr. Chirendra Satyal will host and coordinate the event which includes the SIGNIS Asia Assembly, study days and the SIGNIS Asia Media Awards 2011.
The SIGNIS Asia Media Awards (SAMA) 2011 will award media productions in three categories: 15 minute video (USD 1,000), one minute video (USD 500) and Poster (USD 300). All entries are expected to be on the theme “Media for a Culture of Peace: CREATING IMAGES WITH THE NEW GENERATION.”
Signis Asia member countries include:Bangladesh,Brunei, Cambodia,Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.