On February 5, 2015, the ASEAN Public Relations Network (APRN) held its 1st ASEAN Public Relations Summit 2015 at Harris Hotel Batam Center-Batam, with the theme “Public Relations Practices in the ASEAN Economic Community: Friendship and Mutual Understanding Among ASEAN Practitioners”. This event was attended by practitioners of Public Relations (PR) and communication academics representative in the ASEAN countries.
Discussions are divided into two sessions, with two different topics, namely “The PR Ethics Practice in AEC” with speakers Arif Prabowo, Agung Laksamana, Kathy O’Brien, and Ramon R.Osorio and the second session is “Cross Cultural & PR in AEC ” with speakers Dato’ Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, N.Nurlaela Arif, S.Dewa Gatot Broto, and Prof.Dr. Parichart Sthapitanonda
ASEAN Public Relations Network (APRN) was inaugurated last June 2, 2014 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. It started from the idea of Prita Kemal Gani MBA, MCIPR, APR, Founder and Director of the London School of Public Relations (LSPR) – Jakarta, which also serves as Chairman of PERHUMAS 2011-2014 of Indonesia, together with Krishnasamy Bhavany, MA, President of the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore 2002 – 2009 and Shameem Abdul Jalil, APR, FIPR, Former President of the Institute of Public relations Malaysia 2003 – 2007, the leaders of the organization’s public relations then took the initiative to establish a forum for the PR ASEAN to strengthen the unity and understanding in dealing with ASEAN Community.