3 December 2018

Report on ASEAN Caucus held during the 84th IFLA World Library and Information Congress held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 24 – 30 August 2018.

The ASEAN CAUCUS, jointly organised by the National Library of Malaysia and National Library Board, Singapore, was held on 25 August 2018. The session took place at The Plenary Theatre of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysia. 
The session had a full house attendance Mr Hasbollah Atan from the Perdana University and the President of the IPI Aceh Branch opened the session and shared the development of libraries in Aceh after the Tsunami. The libraries required a lot of help to re-build from what was left after the disaster. Libraries are not only places where people turn to for books, but it is also a place where the communities gathered to build faith and goodwill together after a calamity. Libraries are places which are dearly needed in developing countries to improve literacy, especially in ASEAN, due to the education level and economic conditions in the region. 

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Full house attendance for ASEAN Caucus with 475 participants

After the sharing session on ACEH libraries, Mr Chopra Singh, Managing Director of Civica Singapore gave a talk on the services provided by them. 

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The session ended with IFLA Regional Office Manager, sharing about how libraries can contribute to the IFLA Library Mao of the World that demonstrate the contribution of libraries in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The attendees were treated with lunch sponsored by Civica Singapore. 
Overall, the ASEAN CAUCAS was very well received by the participants. 

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