WAM enhances global confidence at World Media Summit with credibility

The Emirates News Agency (WAM) has participated in the fifth edition of the World Media Summit (WMS) in the city of Guangzhou, China, with the participation of more than 450 media outlets.Themed "Boosting Global Confidence, Promoting Media Development," the 5th WMS is co-hosted by Xinhua News Agency and the provincial governments of Guangdong and Yunnan.Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director-General of the Emirates News Agency (WAM), affirmed the summit's significance as a crucial international platform for high-level exchanges and collaboration in the media field.During his participation in a seminar about enhancing global trust in media, Al Rayssi emphasised that establishing global trust for any media outlet requires a commitment to credibility in reporting facts and producing journalistic content. This commitment also involves adhering to objectivity in editing diverse media materials and disseminating them among various audiences and demographics.Al Rayssi added that the development of media institutions is linked to the rapid changes in the communication and media sector. It is also related to developing the capabilities and skills of professionals in this vital sector, especially in light of the multiple abilities provided by digital media platforms and artificial intelligence.He highlighted that WAM broadcasts its news in 19 languages and utilises social media platforms to engage with audiences. Additionally, the agency uses the "WAM News System" as an innovative internal system to manage and monitor daily media operations. Al Rayssi also mentioned ongoing developmental projects within the agency that employ algorithms and artificial intelligence for news production and digital content creation.Speaking on the significance of Global Media Congress, Al Rayssi shed light on the significance of promoting media joint action, sustaining coordination and unifying efforts in delivering media messages aimed at meeting the needs of various media institutions, developing societies, and achieving the happiness of peoples.Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, the Global Media Congress was launched from the United Arab Emirates to the world in 2022 under the theme “Shaping the Future of the Media Industry".He explained that the second edition of the Congress 2023 focused on sustainability, innovation and the latest technologies in media, sports media, as well as youth, education and the future of media. It achieved qualitative accomplishments with the participation of 160 prominent speakers in the media industry, attracting 23,924 visitors from various countries, representing a 76.5% increase compared to the first edition last year.A total of 172 countries participated in the event, including 31 countries participating for the first time, and the actual space reserved by institutions and companies reached 32,000 square meters.

WAM signs MoC with Fujairah Government Media Office

The Emirates News Agency (WAM) and the Fujairah Government Media Office signed a media Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to coordinate and prepare for the Fujairah Media Forum, which will be held in February 2024 under the title “Parallel Media”.The agreement, which was signed on the sidelines of the second edition of the Global Media Congress, aims to enhance media cooperation between WAM and the Fujairah Government Media Office to achieve the media objectives declared therein, serving as the foundation for future cooperation related to various media affairs.Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director-General of the Emirates News Agency, affirmed the agency's keenness to cooperate with all national media talents and support them in their future projects, noting that Fujairah has made great strides in presenting remarkable media proposals in recent years, pointing out that the upcoming Fujairah Media Forum will be a point of attraction for decision-makers and heads of international media companies.For his part, Jamal Adam, Director of the Fujairah Government Media Office, said that the partnership with the WAM will support the upcoming Fujairah Media Forum, where the agency's expertise will be utilised through providing logistical support for the forum to be a major media partner, as well as its experience in launching the Global Media Congress.The agreement stipulates that the Emirates News Agency will provide the necessary media support for the events of the Media Forum that will be held in Fujairah in February 2024, by publishing and broadcasting the media materials of the forum through its website and social media accounts, in addition to allocating a team of editors and photographers to cover the events of the forum.Based on the terms of the agreement, the Fujairah Government Media Office will avail WAM's services as a main media partner.

Global Media Congress Day-1: Sessions on environment, new tech, content creation

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, the first day of the Global Media Congress concluded at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) after a lively series of presentations, panel discussions and keynote speeches that brought together renowned figures from the world of media, communication, and technology.The day began with a keynote speech from H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister for Tolerance and Coexistence, who welcomed the Congress participants to the event and emphasized the media’s power to foster international cooperation, the sharing of essential values and interests, and an appreciation of human achievements across national boundaries.Adding his welcome to that of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan in a further keynote speech, Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director-General of Emirates News Agency (WAM) and Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee for the Global Media Congress, observed that “our gathering today at this important global event gives us great scope to share ideas on contemporary challenges faced by the media sector along with investment opportunities that to help us advance best professional practices across multiple media sectors. We will also examine how we can build a future media industry that shares knowledge and information in ways that maximize the happiness of peoples and sustain the development of societies.”With the first day of the Congress taking in conjunction with COP28, there was a special focus on the role that the media can play in addressing environmental issues and climate change.Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNEC Group, said: “Today’s sessions affirmed the media’s potential to highlight key environmental and climate change issues and help drive real change to protect global ecosystems. The Global Media Congress is playing a decisive role as a forum for media leaders, creatives and activists to tackle one of the most critical issues faced by this generation and those to come. In keeping with the aspirations of our wise leadership, ADNEC Group remains dedicated to helping innovative ideas flourish and nurturing meaningful industry partnerships."This year’s Congress will also host 5 accompanying features – some being held for the first time – which include the innovation and startups platform with over 24 startups, the training and education feature with more than 30 workshops, the Future Media Labs with elite-level discussions in six closed sessions, the influencer innovation feature with dedicated dialogue sessions, and a new media sessions and round tables feature with experts, speakers, innovators and global media leaders.

IIT Delhi to open its Abu Dhabi campus next January

Rangan Banerjee, Director of the Indian Institute Of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi) - India’s leading technical education and research institution – said that the institution’s first international campus is expected to open in Abu Dhabi in 2024, further enhancing the UAE-India distinguished relations and joint cooperation, especially in the field of higher education.On the sidelines of the Emirates News Agency’s (WAM) visit to IIT Delhi’s campus, coinciding with the convening of the G20 Summit in New Delhi, Rangan noted that the institution signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) the with Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and India’s Ministry of Education this past June during the visit of Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi to the UAE.He stressed that the IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi reflects the shared vision of the two countries in focusing on areas of educational excellence, innovation, knowledge exchange and investment in human capital.Rangan explained that the institution will handle all academic matters in its new Abu Dhabi branch, including curriculums, labs, and research initiatives, in addition to participating in infrastructure planning, especially digital infrastructure, in cooperation with partners in ADEK and other relevant entities.The Director of IIT-Delhi stated that the Abu Dhabi branch will provide an added value to the research and innovation sector in the emirate, adding that it will benefit from cooperation opportunities with institutions such as the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), and Technology Innovation Institute (TII) to provide integrated programmes and advanced research.He further said that some of the areas targeted by the institute's branch in Abu Dhabi in the first phase include computer science, artificial intelligence, energy and sustainability, health care, in addition to research programmes.

WAM participates in Egypt Media Forum

The Emirates News Agency (WAM) has participated in the first Egypt Media Forum (EMF), which got underway here, with the participation of more than 1,200 Egyptian, Arab and international journalists and media professionals and more than 150 experts and trainers.Abdullah Abdul Karim, Acting Executive Director for News Content at WAM, who represented the UAE official news agency at the event, underlined the importance of the forum in view of the nature of the issues and topics it discusses.He said that the new media industry goes beyond institutions to the audience who has become involved in the content and may become the creator of the content alone.He praised the idea of engaging audience in leading the discussions of the forum because it is the goal and target of any media message.He noted the prominent presence of students of media faculties and young content professionals at the forum which provided them withopportunities to develop their professional capacities and skills and interact with participating media experts.Over two days, the Egypt Media Forum discussed an array of topics related to media and journalism, most notably the digital content industry, the ethics of crime reporting, TikTok journalism, artificial intelligence techniques in detecting fake images, and how to detect misleading information.The Egypt Media Forum is an annual and independent international platform for media development, based in Cairo. The EMF aims to advance the know-how and development of media culture and policies, and to support capacity building and qualified bodies.