31st conferenceArab News Agencies meet in Sana’a [Archives:2003/692/Local News]

December 8 2003

Mohammed bin Sallam
The Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA) ended its three-day 31st conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Sana'a on Dec. 8.
The conference was inaugurated by the Prime Minister with the attendance of several government officials, leaderships of local news agencies, correspondents of newspapers and news agencies, and Arab and international radio and television channels correspondents as well.
The conference discussed a number of topics relating to the present and future of the Arab Agencies, and the mechanisms of improving their performance and capabilities as well as improving their foundations.
The conference also discussed the relationships with other regional and international news agencies.
In his opening remarks, the Prime Minister pointed to the importance of the conference in enhancing the role of the Arab media in the context of truth, sensitivity, the opinion and the other opinion. He called upon them to renew the mechanisms of their performance improvement in line with globalization and modern technologies such as the Internet and similar capabilities.
Nasr Taha Mustafa, Chairman of the Board of Yemen News Agency, Saba, said in his remarks: “The core of the conference discussions aimed at tightening professional ties among Arab agencies, and created better potentials for distributing their news materials among themselves. This pours in the direction of enhancing the role of Arab new agencies and their presence in international media arenas.”
The conference also evaluated the Federation's methodic activities, contributions, foreign relations and their effects on professional and technical improvements which the member agencies are executing.
The Chairman of the Federation of Arab News Agencies, Ahmad Al-Hamr, said that the conference came out with good results by accomplishing the tasks relating to the field of joint media cooperation, and extending the connection bridges with similar regional and international masses.
The General Secretariat of the Federation of Arab News Agencies, Fareed Ayyar, explained that the work of the conference included several topics pertaining to the profession of journalism, and the activities of Arab news agencies, and said: “The Conference discussed a number of studies and papers presented such as the Arabization of the Internet, plus a number of agreement projects between the Federation and a number of similar media organizations and establishments.”