Peering into the future, the year 2015 is poised to be a year of many milestones.
Globally, this is the year when the goals under the Millennium Declaration (also known as the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs), signed by 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations, shall have been achieved. The MDGs include eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting epidemics such as Malaria and HIV-AIDS, and developing a global partnership for development.
Regionally, this is also going to be a banner year for the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprised of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. You see, 636 days or 90 weeks from now, these countries will collectively usher the exciting era of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which is expected to have the following key characteristics: (a) a single market and production base, (b) a highly competitive economic region, (c) a region of equitable economic development, and (d) a region fully integrated into the global economy.
This integration and community-building, without a doubt, will be facilitated by the vibrant social media landscape in the region. Currently, five ASEAN countries are in the Top 25 countries with the most number of Facebook users, with Indonesia being ranked number 4 worldwide with a whooping 47 million users (http://www.socialbakers.com/Facebook-statistics/)!
It is perhaps no coincidence then that the ASEAN Blogger Festival 2013 will be held from May 10-12, 2013 in the City of Solo located in Central Java, Indonesia. The blogfest will feature the following:
- Seminar on ASEAN Cultural Heritage Linkage and ASEAN Tourism
- Exchange of views on Social Media Development in ASEAN Countries
- Discussion on the role of social media in the ASEAN integration process
- Discussion on the ASEAN Blogger Community Plan of Action
- Workshop on Photo and Video Blogging, Online Business, and Online Advocacy
- Heritage site visit, exhibitions, cultural performances, competitions, food festival, etc.
Air Asia, Asia’s largest low-fare, no-frills airline and a pioneer of low-cost travel, will fly a select group of influential bloggers from the ASEAN region to the luxurious Kusuma Sahid Hotel in Solo, Indonesia to attend the ASEAN Blogger Festival 2013 for free!
How cool is that?