Stakeholders Discuss the Inclusive Development of the Information Policy Concept
On 17 and 18 February, within in the framework of the EU funded Media Dialogue project, the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) is conducting a workshop to support the collective planning of the participatory dialogue process on information policy in the Kyrgyz Republic. Representatives of mass media, media organizations, nongovernmental sector, academics, the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy, the State Committee of National Security, the Ministry of Interior take part in the event as the main stakeholders of the dialogue process.
Building on the EPD experience of facilitating policy dialogue in fifteen countries through the INSPIRED method, first-hand insights are presented to the participants on how to deliver policy outcomes through dialogue. Moreover, dialogue participants are introduced to a set of tools to nurture trust dynamics and will establish a set of guiding principles for cooperation that will guide them throughout the next steps of the dialogue process.
The Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy included the development and adoption of the Concept to its agenda for 2021. In this regard, the Media Dialogue project laying the foundations for the inclusive development of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic through an inclusive policy dialogue.
Director of the Information and Mass Communications Department of the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy Salkyn Sarnogoeva noted that the development of the Information Policy Concept is in the agenda of the Ministry for this year and that the international experience and knowledge will be useful in this regard: “The experience of our colleagues from Europe is important for us because the institutions of democracy and freedom of speech have been successfully preserved and developed in Europe. I would like that Kyrgyzstan, a country that positions itself as an island of democracy, will successfully preserve and develop freedom of speech and democracy. It is important to elaborate the document on Information Policy. It will allow all of us – not only government bodies but also the media community to understand which direction we are moving. In the next few years, we will be able to move ahead in accordance with the Concept that will be elaborated.”
Expressing his expectations for the workshop, Semetey Amanbekov, Deputy Chairman of the Independent Union of Journalists, said: “Kyrgyzstanis are aware of the concepts of the principles of democracy, the rule of law, and freedom of speech. We can proudly say that we are learning the lessons of international democracy by leaps and bounds. Unfortunately, there is such a problem that a certain gap has formed between civil society, the media, the non-governmental sector, and state bodies – it is the absence of an adequate full-format dialogue. Therefore, at this workshop, I want to hear about practical actions – how in Europe and other countries of the world the issue of establishing a full-fledged dialogue between civil society and government bodies is being resolved.”
“About INSPIRED: Developed by the EPD and co-financed by the European Union, INSPIRED is a method for constructive participation of civil society and other stakeholders in policy dialogue, contributing to building trust between them. More info: https://epd.eu/inspired/“.