Seminar hears how . . .Media can help social development [Archives:2003/684/Community]

November 9 2003

Organized by the Media Institute for Qualifying and Training, MIQT, a seminar was organized on Nov. 5 focusing on Yemen's media and development.
Two working papers were presented during the symposium. The first was by Dr. Mohammed Ali Azzabedi, the Dean of the Economy and Commerce, Sana'a University.
The working paper focused the globalization and its consequences on development and economic methods as well as the constituents, which lead to the emergence of the globalization.
The following factors, which lead to the emergence of the globalization, were summed up by the lecturer:
– The role played by the media cultural growth.
– Electronics, digital technology and appli ed software.
– Blocs which divide the countries of the North.
The working paper also dealt with the consequences of the globalization in the sphere of schizophrenia on the part of individuals of the targeted nations.
“Schizophrenia as well as the split of the national identity which has accompanied by failures on the part of the educational institutions. This manifested itself clearly through its inability to pursue the written and substituted by the audio and visual culture as a strong source for erecting values, symbols as well as forming an awareness and consciousness,” the working paper said.
The culture has become the social outcome in accordance with what has been imported and the ultimate aim of this is creating a market for imported cultural, political and economical products.
This can be briefed as follows:
1- Absence of a strategic vision for political leaderships groups at the developing countries.
2- Absence of the coherent institutional frameworks among the systems of research, development plus production and exchange machines.
3- Lack of interest on the part of the human resource and generating an altercation in the educational system.
4- Freezing of the administrative system on the part of the production unit in front of those huge changes.
5- Failure in making links towards the regional blocs, particularly the countries of the South in general and the Arab countries in particular.
The working paper also centered on the globalization's tendencies in the Arab countries.
Economists and politicians have indicated in their writings that there are a number of US-oriented scenarios as well as its allies towards the Arab countries to:
– Disunite the Arab countries into sub-blocs incorporated into Arab as well as non-Arab regional blocs linked to the New World Order.
– Seeking towards collapsing the Arab bloc and make it a recipient side.
The second working paper which presented by Dr. Taha Ahmed al-Fusail, the Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economy and Commerce, Sana'a University. He focused on the role of the media in development considering it as a main resource for reporting information and economic media news.
“This is because, it has become difficult imagining the modern life in the absence of the media means which provides people with inconstant information, news, photos, and ideas,” the working paper said.
The role of the media is not restricted to visual means, such as, TV or audio, such as, radio, other things such as, the written media. This includes magazines, papers, leaflets and periodicals that are of great importance, particularly after the world under the effect of the Internet revolution and digital telecommunication to an electronic village.
It is not easy for us to underestimate the leading role performed by the information and news circulated by the media in the field of social and economical development.
The seminar was enriched by a number of interactions between members.