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MAV assures Vanuatu will host PINA 2009
By Online Editor
02/03/2009, Vanuatu


The Media Asosiesen blong Vanuatu (MAV) wishes to confirm and reassure the government and people of Vanuatu that the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) biennial Convention for 2009 will still take place in Port Vila as mandated by the 2007 PINA AGM held at Maravagi Island Resort in Solomon Islands.

MAV President Moses Stevens and members of his executive committee have met with the First Political Advisor to the Prime Minister, Mr. Nikenike Vurobaravu, on Wednesday 25 February, and have informed the office of the prime minister, which is the ministry for media, of the progress in its organization toward the event.

The PINA 2009 biennial Convention will be held in Port Vila from 27th through 29th of July. The local organizing committee has decided to have the important gathering of media practitioners and academics during the independence anniversary celebrations week because it feels that this is an opportune time for Vanuatu to showcase itself. The MAV office in Port Vila has began liaising with the Vanuatu Tourism Office in promoting the PINA Convention, and has been informed by the VTO that they have already added the event in the “Special Events” list in the VTO website.

“We already have some corporate memberships with MAV, and we are looking forward to welcoming more companies and organizations to join up because we believe that it is Vanuatu hosting PINA, not just MAV”, MAV President Stevens says.

Earlier, the Town Clerk of Port Vila Municipality, Mr. Solomon Simon, assured the MAV executive that the council will be ready to contribute in the organization of the PINA Convention, and to welcome the visiting delegates to Port Vila in July.

The Committee has decided that the Theme for the 2009 PINA biennial Convention shall be “Breaking Barriers, Access To Information”. Also that the Prime Minister who is responsible for media in Vanuatu has been invited to give that official keynote address at the official opening of the three day meet on July 27th. The office of the prime minister has been informed accordingly during the meeting between MAV representatives and the First PA to the PMO on Wednesday 25 February.

According to PINA Secretariat in Suva, Fiji, the Vanuatu PINA Convention is expected to gather between 200 and 300 media personnel and academics from media companies and organizations, and universities around the Pacific and other parts of the world.

Meanwhile, the management of Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation has also assured MAV of its support and contributions toward a successful PINA Convention in Port Vila this year. The assurance was given by VBTC General Manager Fred Vurobaravu, when he met with MAV President Moses Stevens on Thursday 26th February.

At its meeting on Tuesday 17 February, the local PINA Organizing Committee resolved that Moses Stevens be the Coordinator of PINA 2009. MAV understands the management of Capitol FM 107 has agreed to relieve Stevens from normal duties at the station to assume the PINA Coordinator role. Stevens will be moving in to he MAV office at the Bouganville House on Monday 1 March.

 

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