Manama named 'Capital of Arab Media'
Manama, May 23, 2013
A co-operation protocol has been signed declaring Manama as the Capital of Arab Media for 2013-2014, a report said.
Minister of State for Information Affairs Sameera Rajab and Arab Media Forum Secretary-General Madhi Abdulla Khamis signed the agreement, according to the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
Rajab said Manama was worthy of being chosen the Capital of Arab Media, adding that under the protocol, the Ministry of State for Information Affairs and the Arab Media Forum would jointly organise various events and workshops.
She pointed out that the kingdom will host two mega media events - the Arab Media Forum in the second half of this year, and the third World Media Summit in November 2014.
Rajab also spoke about the ministry's future projects, including the issuance of the new media law and announcement of the strategic media plan, noting that Bahrain would emerge as a pioneering media beacon as a result of the new status.
"Granting Manama such an honour will motivate us to enhance the media sector in the kingdom and upgrade the performance of our media establishments so as to be a main tributary of His Majesty King Hamad's pioneering reform project," she said.
Khamis said Manama was worthy of being designated the Capital of Arab Media - the first city ever to receive such an honour, noting that Bahrain has made landmark strides in the intellectual, culture and media fields.
He also described the media momentum in the kingdom as "important and positive with enlightened visions." – TradeArabia News Service