APP02-14 ISLAMABAD: May 14 – Dr. Chaouki Alou, Director of External Relations Tunisian National News Agency addressing during 2nd day of International Conference of News Agencies (ICNA) as the delegates from various countries arriving to attend the event 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 14 (APP):The International Conference of News Agencies Monday decided to set up a five-member Coordination Committee for the operation of International Forum of News Agencies (IFNA) as recommended by the participating countries.
The two-day international conference was held here from May 13 to14, under the auspices of Associated Press of Pakistan in line with the country’s 70th Independence Day celebrations under the theme Pakistan Media – Challenges and Opportunities. The participants deliberated upon issues and challenges being faced by the national news agencies and media organizations.
The participants had recommended to establish the International Forum of News Agencies and a web portal of its own for sharing text, photos and videos among the member news organizations. English was recommended to be the main language of communication.
The delegates also decided to establish a five-member Coordination Committee for the operation of the platform (IFNA) and evolve a strategy and formulate the way forward for the portal. Its members include Iran, Greece, Pakistan, Sudan and Tunisia.
The conference resolved to hold ICNA annually on rotation as mutually decided by the committee, which was also empowered to engage any member country and include new members and invite suggestions and recommendations from the members.
It was also agreed to have flexibility of operation of the newly established portal within the given framework or regulations of the respective national news agency and, or, the media organization.
The conference was participated by 18 countries from different regions, including the Middle East, Gulf, Africa, Europe, and South East Asia, and the host Pakistan.
As many as 21 delegates from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey and Tunisia participated in the conference.