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Afghan Government Senior Communicators’ Conference held in Kabul
Analysis By:
GMIC Strategic Communications Office
Date:  May 28, 2014

The Afghan Government Senior Communicators’ Conference was held at the Government Media and Information Center here in Kabul yesterday.  This three-day conference is aimed to focus on more coordination between Afghan Government spokespersons.   Spokesperson of Provincial Governors, Chiefs of Police, ANA units, and as well as Kabul based Spokespersons were invited to this conference.
During this conference, the spokespersons discussed ways how to message coordination between themselves at this critical time ahead of the second round of elections scheduled for June. 
On April 5, 2014, Afghans proved that they are determined to shape the future of their country by their widespread turnout in the first round of elections.   They sent a clear message to the enemies of Afghanistan that there is no “turn back”.
The role of media on April elections was very vital.   It is important that Afghan media encourage people to have an even wider participation in the runoff elections.   Raising the public awareness in regard to the elections can be achieved through a better coordination between Afghan Government Spokespersons. 
Such coordination conferences on messaging can help Afghan Government communicators to come up with a unified message promptly and share it with the media so that Afghans get the right message on the right time.   Afghan Government communicators are required to provide accurate and timely information to the media, so that the gap which may be caused by the lack of information is not filled by false information or enemy’s propaganda. 

Therefore, holding such events on “message coordination” is a key step forward in the area of communications in the Afghan Government, and this conference was a good initiative by the Government Media and Information Center during this important period of time ahead of elections’ runoff.   We urge the Afghan Government spokespersons across Afghanistan to act more coordinated and provide unified messages to the people of Afghanistan. 

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