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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 22) – Solomon Islands will host the next Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Convention to be held in 2007.

This followed a bid submitted by the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) through the Executive of PINA before the General Meeting held in Nuku’alofa, Tonga yesterday.

There was full support from the entire MASI to host the PINA 2007 Convention.

Members of Solomon Islands delegation to the PINA Convention have thanked PINA for having the confidence in MASI and the country.

"We welcome this decision and hope that MASI will get all the support it needs from the Solomon Islands Government, the business sector, the diplomatic missions and non-government organizations as well as the people planning towards the convention.

"Our media colleagues have expressed their confidence in MASI as well as the situation in the country that the Convention will be hosted and of cause the very free media in Solomon Islands at the moment," the Solomon Islands delegates at the meeting said.

During the PINA General Meeting yesterday, a new PINA Executive was elected with only one member from the previous Executive retaining his position

The new PINA president is chief executive of Fiji Television and Papua New Guinea’s, EMTV, Ken Clark and vice president is Ms. Eleanor, CEO of Tonga Broadcasting Commission.

Four executive members were also elected representing the TV, Print, Radio Industries and the National Associations.

The new executive will serve for a term of two years.

The PINA General Meeting yesterday also adopted a Corporate Plan to move the newly merged PINA forward which will see an increase in the number of staff and improvement to the Pacific Islands News Service, PACNEWS.

The meeting ended the PINA Convention with associated meetings, which started a week ago.

November 23, 2005

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