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Fiji to host the 2014 ABU Pacific Media Partnership Conference

Fiji has been selected to host, for the first time, the 5th Pacific Media Partnership Conference (PMPC) in Nadi from November 17-19, 2014.

Ministry of Information permanent secretary, Sharon Smith-Johns said the Ministry was delighted to host an international conference such as the PMPC in Fiji which allows local media organisations the opportunity to gain a global perspective of the media landscape.

With the theme “Partnering for Broadcast Development”, she said the conference would attract more than 100 senior delegates and 20 speakers from across the Asia-Pacific region.

“We are grateful to the ABU for giving Fiji the opportunity to host this major media conference which will provide a platform for local broadcasters to coordinate closely with their peers from the region and share knowledge and expertise to improve and promote broadcasting,” Ms Smith-Johns said.

“There are more sources of news, information and more data than ever before,” she went on.  “Media technology is rapidly changing and every media organization, no matter how small, can now reach a global audience.”

Ms Smith-Johns said everyone in the public and private media sectors should contribute to the development of media and improve accessibility of information to rural and remote islands.

The PMC will feature several workshops and meetings where discussions will centre on all aspects of broadcasting including journalism, sports coverage, digitization, disaster management and the role of broadcasters in a rapidly changing media landscape. 

The conference is jointly organised by the ABU and its Pacific media partners in collaboration with the Fiji Ministry of Information.