Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) signs MOU with ONOC

Sunday, March 28, 2010

ONOC Speech by Dr Robin Mitchell

Read by ONOC Secretary General - Ricardo Blas

Members of the Oceania National Olympic Committee General Assembly, Members of the Pacific Islands News Association, ladies and gentlemen,

Let me first extend a warm welcome to members of the International Olympic Committee who are present here with us to witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on co-operation in communication between ONOC and PINA the umbrella body of media in he Pacific. The signing of this MOU signifies a concrete step in fostering closer co-operation between the two regional bodies.

Advances in communication and information and technologies are shrinking physical distance and bringing people from different parts of the world to work together in a seamless manner wherever and whenever they are. This global connectedness brings with it enormous business opportunities as well as challenges. In the globally connected world of the 21st century, international co-operation to face up to global competition is therefore the key to success. And this co-operative spirit is central to the MOU that we are signing today.

We are pleased that we are now signing this MOU with PINA. As we all know, PINA is the sole recognised media body in the Oceania region. The relationship has been in existence for many years but the Beijing Olympics brought the relationship to the fore where PINA was chosen to be part of the media coverage team for ONOC.

PINA cemented this relationship at its inaugural Pacific Media Summit in Port Vila, Vanuatu last year by inviting IOCís Director International Development Mr Thomas Sithole to deliver the keynote address at the official opening.

An ONOC/PINA workshop for sports journalists was also conducted with support from IOC and one of the major resolutions of the PINA AGM was the need to sign an MOU with ONOC.

PINA Manager Matai Akauola is no stranger to the Olympic ideal as he is probably one of the few Pacific journalists to have represented the region to the International Seminar for Sports Journalists to the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Greece.

The ONOC-PINA MOU contemplates an extensive range of co-operative activities. I am confident that with our concerted efforts, the MOU will deliver the benefits it promises. My colleagues and I look forward to working closely with our PINA counterparts in the years to come.

Thank you.