SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, Oct. 10) - The Australian Government will put more emphasis on training Pacific politicians, senior bureaucrats and government information officers in how to handle the media, under its new $2 million Pacific media project.

AusAID expects to call tenders by the middle of this month for an Australian managing contractor to run the program.

AusAID's last Pacific media assistance project, which ended last year, was called the Pacific Media Initiative and it funded a range of programs that generally concentrated on training for journalists and other practioners in the media industry.

Now the name is being changed to reflect what AusAID calls an increasing focus on governance.

It is to be called the Pacific Media and Communications Facility and AusAID says it will focus on the needs of government and civil society in addition to those of the mainstream media.

AusAID says the proposed beneficiaries will be parliamentarians, senior officials and government information personnel as well as media managers, journalists and technicians and people in civil society.

The project will go for three years and have a budget of $2.1 million.

October 13, 2003

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