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Asia-Pacific news agencies meet to enhance cooperation

By Ahmad Zukiman Zain

ULAN BATOR, June 27 — Leading Asia-Pacific news agencies are meeting in this Mongolian capital this week to enhance cooperation as content providers to cater for a wide range of clients with high expectations.

The 33rd Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) Executive Board Meeting will look into ways of how to improve the news content disseminated among member countries.

It will also focus on multimedia news exchange management, moving forward from just news and photo exchanges that had long been the focus of the 42-member organization.

Mongolian Prime Minister S. Batbold is scheduled to address the meeting on Tuesday after opening remarks by new OANA President Hilmi Bengi, elected at the OANA General Assembly in Istanbul last November.

T. Baasansuren, president of host Mongolian news agency Montsame, in a joint invitation with Bengi, said they are confident that the Ulan Bator meeting would foster relations and interaction among member agencies.

The upcoming meeting is a special one because it coincides with the 50th anniversary of OANA and the 90th anniversary of Montsame, they said.

The 11-member board comprises Anadolu of Turkey, as president, four vice-presidents, namely Bernama (Malaysia), Antara (Indonesia), Itar-TASS (Russia) and IRNA (Iran).

The remaining members are Yonhap (South Korea), Press Trust of India (PTI), Azertaj (Azerbaijan), Australian Associated Press (AAP), Xinhua (China) and Montsame (Mongolia).

Bernama is represented by General Manager Datuk Hasnul Hassan who had proposed a video clip exchange as a way forward for member agencies to enhance multimedia cooperation.

Bernama has conducted a trial run for the video exchange or clearing house with four member agencies, including Montsame, in recent months. (PNA/Bernama) scs/ebp

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