Ministry of Information permanent secretary Sharon Smith-Johns. File Photo.
Fiji has been selected to host, for the first time, the 5th Pacific Media Conference (PMC), in Nadi from November 17-19, 2014.
Ministry of Information permanent secretary, Sharon Smith-Johns said the Ministry is delighted to host an international conference such as the PMC in Fiji which allows the local media organizations the opportunity to gain a global perspective of the media landscape.
With the theme “Partnering for Broadcast Development”, the conference will attract more than 100 senior delegates and 20 speakers from across the Asia Pacific region.
“We are grateful to the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (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.
The Fijian Government recognizes that media plays a major role in national development and is committed to the professional enhancements of the media industry.
“There are more sources of news, information and more data than ever before. 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 broadcasters in a rapidly changing media landscape.
The conference is jointly organized by the ABU and the Pacific media partners in collaboration with the Ministry of Information.