Director General of Kazakhstan News Agency (Kazinform) Askar Umarov welcomed enhancing cooperation with the Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA) in all professional and training areas, as well as the exchange of news and participation in the Union’s programs.
Umarov made the statements during his meeting with UNA Director of the Media Delegations Program Hazem Elsayed Abdo, on the sidelines of the 6th Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions held in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on October 10-11. He also expressed Kazinform’s desire to cooperate with UNA to serve the joint issues of the two sides.
Director General Umarov reviewed the phases of development of Kazinform since its inception in 1920. He also gave an explanation about last year’s restructuring of the agency in its cadres and technical equipment. He said the agency seeks to extend bridges of cooperation with all the news agencies in the member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
“We have already signed memoranda of understanding and joint cooperation with Egypt’s Middle East News Agency, Saudi Press Agency, Emirates News Agency, Qatar News Agency and Associated Press of Pakistan,” Umarov said.
“We will be happy to cooperate and communicate with the Union of OIC News Agencies and participate in all its activities,” he added.
The two sides discussed ways of mutual cooperation between the Union and Kazinform, including the exchange of news, pictures and press reports, in addition to participation in various programs of the Union such as the Training Programs, National Days Program and the UNA Media Delegations Program.
For his part, the Union’s representative conveyed the greetings of UNA Director General Issa Khaireh Robleh, to the Kazinform director general. He also informed of Robleh’s keenness to extend bridges of cooperation with Kazinform, the national news agency of Kazakhstan that has an important and active role in the OIC, and is currently witnessing significant movement at the political, economic and cultural levels.
Both sides agreed to continue consultations to reach the best formula to further their fruitful cooperation. The meeting was attended by Kazinform’s First Deputy Director General Daniyar Uteshev and Adviser to the General Director of Kazinform Kanat Tokabayev.
Source: International Islamic News Agency