MACAU (China) (APP) - Pakistan on Tuesday unanimously elected on the nine-member Executive Board of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) for a period of two years. Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Director General Murtaza Solangi represented Pakistan in the 36th Annual General Conference which elected Pakistan unanimously. Laos proposed Pakistan to be elected on the prestigious board while Bangladesh and Nepal endorsed it. Since no country contested against Pakistan, the country was elected unanimously on the executive board. Speaking in the General Conference, after the election, PBC DG Murtaza Solangi said the unanimous election of Pakistan was recognition of his country in the comity of nations as a respectable member after the restoration of democracy in 2008. AIBD was established by UNESCO in 1977 as a UN project initially with 13 member countries. Funding came from voluntary Members contribution, UNESCO and international communities. Since its inception, man power training has been AIBDs main mandate. More than 25,000 broadcasters and media professionals have benefited from various training programmes over the years. Some 1,500 broadcasters from 50 countries are currently being retrained through AIBD programmes each year. Pakistan has been a beneficiary of many of the training programmes in the fields of radio and television. The opportunities will grow for Pakistan after its election on the Executive Board of the organization. AIBD now has 43 full members in 26 Member Countries, 74 Affiliate Members and 48 International Partners. AIBD has close cooperation with several Broadcasting Unions/ Associations. Among them are the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA). UNESCO and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - being permanent members of AIBDs Executive Board - play a key role in planning and executing many of the Institutes developmental activities. The Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung has also supported AIBD activities since its inception in 1977. Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation was also elected unanimously on the Administrative Council of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) last year in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.