WAM, Eight International Press Agencies Sign MoUs On News Exchange
Umer Jamshaid 7 days ago Mon 11th February 2019 | 06:45 PM
By: Hatem Hussein and Nour Salman DUBAI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 11th Feb, 2019) The Emirates News Agency, WAM, Monday signed eight Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), Bulgarian News Agency (BTA), Philippines News Agency (PNA), Prensa Latina, KABAR News Agency, Petra News Agency, and the Slovenian Press Agency, to facilitate the exchange of information, including news and broadcast content.
The MoUs were signed by Mohamed Jalal Al Rayssi, Executive Director of WAM; George Penintaex, CNA Director-General; Nurini Kassim, General Manager of Bernama; Virginia Agtay, PNA Director-General; Mohammed Al-Omari, Secretary-General of Petra; Maxim Minchev, BTA Director-General; Kubanychbek Taabaldiev, KABAR Director; Luis Enrique Gonzalez, Prensa Latina Chairman; and Bojan Veselinovic, Slovenian News Agency General Manager, on the sidelines of the now-running World Government Summit in Dubai.
As per the agreements, the signatories will work towards enhancing relations between their respective media sectors. They will exchange news, programmes, on-air competitions, and content to serve their objectives and future vision.
The MoUs translate the desire of WAM to strengthen cooperation and partnership ties with key players in the global media sector and ensure a wider reach for the agency’s news coverage and ultimately meet the national objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071.
"The memoranda envisage media collaboration between WAM and the eight agencies as per the applied legislation in effect in their countries with regards to the daily and free exchange of news content in English, as well as in other languages that shall be agreed upon by the signatories, in addition to the exchange of footages and video clips," Al Rayssi said.
He affirmed the importance of the newly formed partnerships and the prestigious status held by the eight agencies, regionally and internationally.
"We are confident that the MoUs will contribute to the empowerment and further development of all parties concerned. It is a win-win partnership, as WAM will benefit from the eight agencies in ensuring wider reach for our coverage. In the same fashion, they will be able to transmit their news via our wires."
"The signings reflect the importance of the World Government Summit which has proved over the past years to be an ideal platform bringing together different world cultures together under one umbrella that corroborates the UAE stature as an eminent convener of global leaders, strategists, tacticians and media professionals."
He added that the MoUs will help boost awareness of the achievements of the UAE on a wider regional and global scale.
"It is a further step on the path toward ensuring a wider reach of our services after we started in 2017 to launch our news content in six languages in addition to Arabic and English to address peoples of more than 100 world countries. These languages are French, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and urdu," added Al Rayssi.
"The MoU we signed today is going to contribute to further developing relations between WAM and CAN. It will also, I think, contribute to developing relations and understanding between the peoples of both countries," enthused Penintaex.
Speaking to Emirates News Agency, Nurini Kassim, hailed the impressive changes introduced by WAM over the past period and affirmed Bernama’s readiness to bolster bilateral relations to the common good of both nations.
Kassim went on to say, "At Bernama, we appreciate the rapid and distinctive growth of WAM as a news agency, which reflects the development of media in the UAE. To work with WAM is one of the most promising opportunities for us in the Gulf region."
"I was so excited," she said, explaining that there was a good intent by WAM to reach out to foreign news agencies around the world.
"I think this is very important for both agencies, because we are already expanding our information exchange for both sides," especially between Arab nations and those in Central Asia," said Kubanychbek Taabaldiev of KABAR News Agency.