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Bula Vinaka from the PINA Secretariat in Suva
By Online Editor
23/06/2009, Fiji



The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has come on board to support the PINA Pacific Media Summit in Port Vila, Vanuatu July 25-30, 2009.

Oceania National Olympic Committee president Dr Robin Mitchell, who’s currently in  London on official IOC business informed the PINA Secretariat that the IOC’S Director for International Development Thomas Sithole ( Si- tho- le) and Kevan Gosper- chairman of the IOC Press Commission will be in Vanuatu for the Pacific Media Summit.

Dr Mitchell says the IOC delegation will be present for the PINA/ONOC pre-summit workshop on July 25-26.

The PINA Secretariat has also extended an invitation to Mr Si-tho-le, a former Zimbabwe journalist and News Editor to deliver the keynote address following the unavailability of Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General- Tuiloma Neroni Slade.

Mr Slade has advised the PINA Secretariat that he will not be available because he will be tied up with two important regional ministerial meetings in the lead up to the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting. He has wished PINA success in all its deliberations in Vanuatu.


PINA Media Freedom Award

As you are all aware, the PINA Board had agreed that the PINA Media Freedom Award be named after the late Tavake Fusimalohi of Tonga, one of the founding fathers of both the Pacific Islands News Association and its sister organisation, the Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association (PIBA).

This year, we are calling for nominations from PINA members to recommend individuals or organisations for this award. Criterias for this award will be posted on the PINA website soon.


PINA Media Awards

Another reminder, criterias for the different categories are now posted on the PINA website, www.pina.com.fj.

Pass the word around to your media colleagues to submit entries, in recognition of excellence in Pacific Media.


Nominations for the Pre-Summit workshops

Nominations for the pre-summit workshops have started trickling in to the Secretariat. Thank you for all the responses. Please note the deadline for applications to attend the Media Freedom and Sports pre-summit workshop closes this Thursday, 25 June no later than 4.30pm (Fiji Time). All applications must be emailed to pina@connect.com.fj or to mataiakauola@yahoo.com. It can also be faxed to (679) 3317 055.


Climate Change and Food Security Workshop

Freelance journalist and contributing writer to the regional monthly magazine, Islands Business International, Samisoni Pareti will be the trainer and facilitator of the Climate Change and Food Security Workshop. Funding for the workshop has been made possible with the assistance of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and GTZ. Ten journalists, including five from Vanuatu, are registered for this pre-summit workshop. We will announce the names of the participants soon.

Visa Requirements

Those of you planning to be in Port Vila for the Media Summit next month, please note, all Pacific Island Countries are exempt from visas to enter Vanuatu. However, you will get visas stamped on arrival. A list of countries

Registration

We are seeing an increased number of registrations daily. Please register early; registration form can be downloaded from the PINA and MAV websites (www.mav.info.vu).

Please remember – registration fee is USD$100 for PINA financial members and USD$300 for non PINA members. MAV financial members pay VT1,000.


Airline booking

The PINA Secretariat has block-booked seats for travel from Nadi to Vila July 25 and Vila to Nadi August 1 and exploring possibility of discounted fares.

PINA/MAV

PINA partners in Port Vila, Vanuatu, the Media Asosiesen Vanuatu (MAV) is working around the clock to have everything ready for the Pacific Media Summit, July 25-30.

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Hon Edward Natapei and his government have rallied behind MAV for what is expected to be one of the most memorable PINA conventions in years.

The PINA Secretariat in Suva has sent out over 200 invitation letters throughout the world for this convention.

EXHIBITION

Spaces are still available for exhibition at the summit. Contact: Francis Herman fherman63@yahoo.com for details.


Best regards
 

Matai Akauola
Manager- PINA

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