APP61-12 ISLAMABAD: May 11 – MD APP Masood Malik chairing a meeting with delegates from different international news agencies as the two-day International Conference of News Agencies (ICNA) is set to open on Sunday, the delegates from various countries arriving in the federal capital to attend the event, being held on May 13-14 being organized by the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) under the theme, “Pakistan’s Media – Opportunities and Challenges” with special focus on ‘News Agencies – Emerging Professional Challenges.' APP photo by Irfan Mahmood

ISLAMABAD, May 12 (APP):Delegates, who arrived here to participate in the International Conference of News Agencies Saturday, appreciated the initiative of Associated Press of Pakistan to gather media persons from various countries to discuss current challenges facing the news dissemination organizations.
As many as 19 delegates from 15 countries landed in the federal capital by the time to participate in the conference being held under the theme “Pakistan’s Media – Opportunities and Challenges” with special focus on ‘News Agencies – Emerging Professional Challenges.’
The delegates also visited APP Headquarters in the evening and had a brief interactive session with Managing Director Masood Malik.
The delegates included Chief Correspondent Azerbaijan State News Agency Melikova Qizi Gunel, Head of Department of Information of Azerbaijan Mammadova Lachin, Director Video News Bulgarian News Agency Borianka Dimitrova, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Li Jun, Deputy Director Strategic Cooperation Department of Liu Yusha, Editing Manager of Middle East News Agency of Egypt (MENA) Reda Sayed Ahmed Abass Elshazly, Editor-in-Chief Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) of Iran Fardin Pazouki, Domestic News Director General Mehr News Agency (MMA) of Iran Nuhammad Mahdi Rahimi, General Director of Kazinform International News Agency of Kazakhstan Askar Umarov, General Director of National News Agency (NNA) of Lebanon Sleiman Laure, Director General and Editor-in-Chief of Oman News Agency Mohamed Al-Araimi, Deputy Director General of Romanian National News Agency (AGERPRES) Nicolae Claudia Victoria, Editor Suna News Agency of Sudan Mohamed Osman, Head of English Department of Sana News Agency, Syria, Muhammad Mazen Ayon, Director of External Relations Tunisian National News Agency Aloui Chaouki, International News Chief Editor of Anatolia News Agency (AA) of Turkey Faruk Tokat, Senior News Editor Antara of Indonesia Eliswan Azly, News Editor Union of OIC News Agency, Saudi Arabia, Elsadig Bashir Babikir Haroun, and Director External Relations of Tunisian News Agency Alouichao Uki.
The APP Managing Director briefed the delegates about the aims and objectives of the conference.
Masood Malik told the delegates that 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.”
He was confident that the deliberations of the conference would lead to a meaningful cooperation among the news agencies.
During their visit to APP Headquarters, the delegates thanked the APP Managing Director 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. They also expressed readiness to expand and streamline exchange of news with APP.
Later they visited different sections of the organization and took keen interest in its functioning.