Newsletter No 8 29 November 2005
 
News from the Media Scene:
WAN Chooses South Africa for 2007 World Newspaper Congress

The annual meetings of the world's press will be held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2007, the World Association of Newspapers announced on 23 November.

The Board of WAN has approved a bid by the Newspaper Association of South Africa to host the 60th World Newspaper Congress, 14th World Editors Forum and Info Services Expo 2007, which will be held from 3 to 6 June 2007.

It will be the first time the Congress, Forum and Expo have been held in Africa.

"South Africa has undergone profound political and economic transformation over the past decade and has successfully managed the transition from a racially divided country to one with well established democratic principles and an economic framework which encourages growth and competition," said Connie Molusi, President of the Newspaper Association of South Africa, who presented South Africa's bid to the WAN Board.

"Against the back drop of the natural beauty of the country, the diverse cultures of the people, and our well developed infrastructure, we are confident that the WAN delegates will experience an exciting and memorable 2007 Congress," he said. NASA and its member newspapers will be the hosts of the events.

The Director General of WAN, Timothy Balding, said: "The quality of the bid by South Africa's newspapers was exceptional. If the events are as well prepared as the proposal to meet in Cape Town -- as I am sure they will be -- we're going to have a memorable experience. For its part, WAN is truly excited about holding its major annual conferences in Africa for the first time. We will do all we can to help stimulate the further development of the press on the continent in the build-up and at the events themselves."

More than 1,400 newspaper publishers, CEOs, Managing Directors, Chief Editors and other senior newspaper executives from around the world annually attend the Congress, Forum and Expo, where they meet to discuss and examine the latest trends and strategies for the industry. The 2006 events will be held in Moscow, Russia, from 4 to 7 June. For more information, write to WAN at contact_us@wan.asso.fr.