Mario Lubetkin IPS Director General recently travelled to the Gulf, where he held meetings in Qatar and United Arab Emirates.
In Qatar Lubetkin met with QNA (Qatar News Agency) Director General Jabor Yousuf Jassim J. Al-Thani to review ways of cooperation between the two news agencies.
In the United Arab Emirates, Lubetkin was received by WAM (Emirates News Agency) Director General, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Abed to discuss ways to boost bilateral cooperation. IPS and WAM have a long lasting working relationship since 1985.
Furthermore, Lubetkin participated in Al Jazeera‘s 4th Annual Forum, March 14-16, 2009 in Qatar. This Forum was held under the banner “Power, Media and the Middle East”, and debated the discourse on the critical dynamics of the Middle East in the context of the globalized world. Among participants were leading thinkers and strategists who explored the changing face of the region, its place in the global landscape, and how to report it in depth.
WAM press release
WAM, IPS to boost cooperation
Mar 18, 2009 – 09:20
WAM Abu Dhabi, Mar. 17, 2009 (WAM) — The Emirates News Agency (WAM) and Italy-based Inter Press Service (IPS) has discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation between them. This came during a visit to WAM premises today by IPS Director General, Mr. Mario Lubetkin, who was received by WAM Director General, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Abed.
During the meeting, Lubetkin said the two sides remained committed to boosting existing agreements between them in the area of free-flow of news reports and training for news editors.
In a statement after being taken round to have first hand information about WAM, Lubetkin praised WAM for achieving great development in its various sections. He said cooperation between WAM and IPS dated back to 1985.
He expressed satisfaction on the level of cooperation between the two agencies. He said WAM now transmit its daily news bulletin to over 6,000 recipients worldwide, including newspapers, TV and radio stations, through the IPS website, adding that the IPS transmit those news items in six languages, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese and Swahili.
He pointed out that the IPS website attracts about 50 million pageviews, including about two million decision-makers worldwide. He said his outfit transmits reports in 27 languages of its subscribers.
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