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APP’s two-day’s international conference of news agencies

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ISLAMABAD, May 12 (APP): All is set to hold the two-day International Conference of News Agencies (ICNA) here from Sunday, aimed at highlighting Pakistan’s constructive image and to promote collaboration among news disseminating bodies to cope with the challenges of media revolution.

Delegates from over a dozen countries have reached the federal capital to attend the event being organized under the theme “Pakistan’s Media  Opportunities and Challenges”, with special focus on “News Agencies Emerging Professional Challenges.”

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb will be the guest of honour and National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua will be the chief guest in the inaugural session of the event scheduled for May 13-14. Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs Khurram Dastgir Khan will be the chief guest of the concluding session.

By the time, 15 delegates arrived from 12 countries, including China, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Romania, Oman, Bulgaria, Turkey, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia while representatives from more countries were expected tonight.

The conference being organized by the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) in line with 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence, has been taken in view of strides in information technology sector and is hoped to help develop close proactive relations with other news agencies and multiply the outreach of participating countries.

APP Managing Director Masood Malik said the conference would provide an opportunity to journalists for a direct and hassle-free linkage to cope with emerging competitive environment for news agencies in the world.

He said the APP had taken the initiative �to cope with the situation and emerging competitive environment for news agencies in the world.�

While receiving the delegates, the Managing Director expressed the hope that the deliberations of the conference would lead to a meaningful cooperation among the news agencies.

Besides being instrumental in promoting the country�s soft image amongst comity of nations, the conference would also provide the participants an opportunity to discuss current challenges and evolve a strategy.

The delegates also visited APP Headquarters in the evening. During their informal interaction with APP MD Masood Malik, they thanked him for providing them an opportunity to exchange views on important issues being faced by the news agencies in digital era.

Recognizing �connectivity� as a hallmark of the current era, the delegates observed that the conference would help identify the technical and professional hurdles in the way of smooth collaboration and exchange of news.

The guests said they would also have an opportunity to learn about Pakistan, its social, economic and political life, and share ideas on different challenges being confronted by media.

They also expressed readiness to expand and streamline exchange of news with APP.

The conference will feature important sessions on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Media Connectivity, Emerging Future Challenges to News Agencies and Role of News Agencies in Digital Era and Mutual Cooperation.

Keynote speakers from different sectors will deliver lectures in four main and two interactive sessions. During the sessions, the foreign delegates will be apprised about the way Pakistan has coped with the challenge of terrorism and its efforts for peace.

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Staff Report

Associated Press of Pakistan has organized a 2-day international Conference of News Agencies (ICNA) in connection with the 70th anniversary of Pakistan on 13th -14th of May, 2018. The conference theme is, “Emerging professional challenges to the News Agencies”.

Recognizing “Connectivity”, as hallmark of the current era, the conference would help identify the technical and professional hurdles in the way of smooth collaboration and exchange of news which at time necessitates our dependence on indirect sources of news. We are thus naturally left with the facts and their interpretations provided by secondary sources. For an impartial narration of the facts in the story, stance of all stakeholders is of paramount importance in this age of digital communication – and here comes the role of the national news agencies.

Instead of being a passive spectator of the global changes, APP has taken the initiative to develop close proactive relations with the national news agencies that would help enlarge the news college of all the participating news agencies on one hand and multiplying the outreach of participating countries on the other.

APP has bilateral News Exchange Agreement with 40 International News Agencies and is also under process of signing new News Exchange Agreement with over 17 International News Agencies. We are inviting the heads and representatives of these news agencies to discuss areas of cooperation, increased news exchange and sharing of experiences.

It is believed that journalists especially attached with the news agencies can play proactive role in bringing the people of different countries and regions closer to each other by dissemination of information on culture, economic and political systems. We are sure that they can help create people- to people contacts and foster bilateral relations and tourism beside opening new avenues of economic and social development.

The participants from different countries would have opportunities to learn about Pakistan, its social, economic and political life and its on – going war against terrorism and extremism. It is heartening to note that Pakistan has been achieving its objectives by defeating these elements and restoring peace and setting up an environment conducive to investment.

Pakistan is facing daunting challenges at regional and international level. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and geostrategic changes in the international front are impacting the South Asian countries so, it is imperative for the independent and free world to see regional and international events in their true perspective and disseminate information to their people.

In the globalized and interdependent world, an international conference of leading news agencies bringing in media professionals from over 20 countries will be a catalyst to forge their media cooperation in its diverse forms. It will become a basis for their lasting connectivity through exchange of news, videos, photos and exchange of ideas. This will help them meet the challenge of disseminating prompt and correct news in the current cut-throat media environment where social media quite often takes the lead but without any responsibility. With fast flow of information the conference will help promote people- to- people contacts and tourism among these countries. Given theme of the conference and the subjects being taken up at the conference will give the delegates a holistic picture of Pakistan and its success story to check terrorism and extremism.

The APP intends to have inaugural session on May 13, 2018 to be addressed by the Honourable President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the concluding session is planned to be addressed by Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan on May on 14, 2018.

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