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Bernama, Emirates News Agency sign MoU to extend mutual cooperation

Last update: 11/02/2019
From M. Saraswathi

DUBAI, Feb 11 (Bernama) – The Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) and Emirates News Agency (WAM) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to reaffirm their mutual cooperation and collaboration in the fields of press and information.

This is the second MoU that the two agencies have signed. The first was in 2002.

“On behalf of Bernama, we sincerely welcome this signing as it signifies our collective effort to refresh and strengthen the mutual collaboration between our two organisations in the exchange of news,” Bernama chief executive officer Nurini Kassim said after the signing ceremony here Monday.

Nurini signed the MoU on behalf of Bernama while WAM was represented by its executive director, Mohamed Jalal Alrayssi.

The MoU signed Monday will further strengthen the cooperation between Bernama and WAM as both agencies will now be able to share not just news and photographs but also exchange news video footages - a key requirement in today’s age of the digital media.

“(Hence), I believe this cooperation is a win-win situation for both our agencies. The exchange of news, images and, now, video recordings will help strengthen our core operations as a provider of trusted news while enhancing greater understanding and respect not only between our two countries but also between the Middle East and the ASEAN region,” said Nurini.

This, she believes, will also foster closer ties between Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

With the latest MoU, Bernama and WAM also agreed to exchange visits, expertise and information in the fields of press and information.

Bernama and WAM are also members of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), an organisation of 44 news agencies from 35 countries. Established in 1961, OANA is aimed at securing direct and free exchange of news among the agencies.

Besides Bernama, WAM also signed MoU with several other news agencies Monday. They include the Philippine News Agency, Jordan News Agency, Bulgarian News Agency, Kyrgyz National News and Slovenian Press Agency

“(Hence), I believe this cooperation is a win-win situation for both our agencies. The exchange of news, images and, now, video recordings will help strengthen our core operations as a provider of trusted news while enhancing greater understanding and respect not only between our two countries but also between the Middle East and the ASEAN region,” said Nurini.

This, she believes, will also foster closer ties between Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

With the latest MoU, Bernama and WAM also agreed to exchange visits, expertise and information in the fields of press and information.

Meanwhile, Alrayssi said the UAE and Malaysia enjoyed good and long bilateral relations.

“MoUs are important to start and further enhance the relations between our organisations. This MoU is not only for the exchange of news but also for support and training between WAM and Bernama.

“ However, it should not stop there. The MoU needs to be further enhanced and should evolve with the changes that are taking place in the industry.

"Nowadays, the technology is changing on a daily basis. So, we have to update our MoU when new things emerge," he said.

Bernama and WAM are also members of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), an organisation of 44 news agencies from 35 countries. Established in 1961, OANA is aimed at securing direct and free exchange of news among the agencies.

Besides Bernama, WAM also signed MoU with several other news agencies Monday. They include the Philippine News Agency, Jordan News Agency, Bulgarian News Agency, Kyrgyz National News and Slovenian Press Agency.

-- BERNAMA



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