Mikhail Gusman: OANA allows to consider interests of all media outlets
The Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) is one of the most effective forms of cooperation of the world media outlets, which allows to coordinate work and exchange information between news agencies in real time, the first Deputy General Director of TASS Mikhail Gusman said, speaking with a correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza on the sidelines of the OANA summit in Baku.
In the first Mikhail Gusman recalled that OANA was formed on the initiative of UNESCO to compensate the gap between the technical and organizational capacity of news agencies of different countries. "Of course, agencies of the Asia-Pacific region were in need of consultations and cooperation at a high level, and therefore the organization was established. Year by year, its capacity has grown, it has become more and more active in the global information field, especially since 80% of the world's population live in the OANA countries," he said.
"TASS and AzerTAc have been part of this association for many years, so it is logical that this year the OANA presidency goes to the AzerTAc agency. In general, I think the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies is a very good, important and useful form of cooperation between the news agencies, which allows to fully consider interests of each agency through exchange of views and discussions," Mikhail Gusman stressed.
Speaking about the problems that are currently facing the organization, the deputy general director of TASS pointed out that in today's world the media outlets are forced to respond to many challenges - technological, technical and social. "Different agencies have different opportunities and different conditions, therefore, we must take this into account, help each other, support each other, share information. It is multifactorial and multidirectional work. There are very large and strong agencies among us, so it is important to consider interests of all the agencies, including the younger ones," he concluded.