AUSAID, PINA, FORUM COMBINE TO DEVELOP COVER ECONOMIC MINISTERS MEETING IN

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VANUATU

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (June 30, 2002 - PINA Nius Online)---Regional journalists have arrived in Port Vila as part of a project designed to strengthen coverage of the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) and economic issues in general.

It is a result of cooperation between the AusAID Pacific Media Initiative, the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), Pres Klab blong Vanuatu and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

They have combined to organize and run a workshop in conjunction with this week's FEMM meeting in Port Vila and help coverage of the meeting.

Attending are 10 journalists from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

As well as attending workshop sessions and briefings, they will cover the FEMM for newspapers, radio and TV stations, and news services around the region.

PINA Administrator Nina Ratulele said the program is part of a continuing series of workshops in a partnership between the AusAID PMI and PINA to develop business and economic reporting.

"Our members identified this as one of the critical areas for journalism development," she said.

"The AusAID PMI has provided strong support for this as part of their efforts to help strengthen good governance in the region."

The latest workshop is led by the award-winning Asia-Pacific editor of the Australian Financial Review, Rowan Callick. He is working with two counterpart trainers, Makereta Komai (PACNEWS, Fiji) and Nanette Woonton (Cook Islands Television).

Mr. Callick spent 10 years working in Papua New Guinea as a news executive and has longtime links with PINA.

As well as covering the FEMM meeting the participating journalists will:

§ attend workshop sessions on key regional economic issues;

§ get briefings on major issues coming up at the FEMM meeting;

§ meet with regional and Vanuatu finance and development leaders.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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