A special event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) will be held in December at its birthplace -- Bangkok.
OANA President Hilmi Bengi made the announcement at the start of the organization's 33rd executive board meeting in Ulan Bator today (Tuesday).
He thanked the Thai News Agency (TNA) for agreeing to host the celebration,
which Bengi described as "the most important event".
OANA was formed with the backing of UNESCO in December 1961, as an effort to facilitate a free flow of news and information in Asia and the Pacific.
TNA Editor-in-Chief for Asean News Division Noraphon Pacharoen said the Thai
agency has slated Dec 7 to 9, for the OANA event.
Mongolian Prime Minister S.Batbold who addressed the meeting, said the role, significance, prestige and influence of the organization that unifies the region's news agencies was high.
"News agencies have always been playing important roles in countries' history. Their importance remained unchanged today," he said.
The meeting approved National News Agency (NNA)of Lebanon's application for membership, boosting the number to 43 news agencies from 34 countries.
It also reviewed decisions made at the last OANA General Assembly in Istanbul (November) and was briefed by Anadolu of Turkey on the new OANA website.
The 11-member board comprised Anadolu of Turkey as president, four vice-presidents, namely Bernama (Malaysia), Antara (Indonesia), Itar-TASS(Russia) and IRNA (Iran).
The remaining members are Yonhap South Korea, Press Trust of India(PTI), Azertaj (Azerbaijan), Australian Associated Press (AAP), Xinhua (China) and Montsame (Mongolia).