Welcome address

Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues,

As the host of the 5th News Agencies World Congress, Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC) greets each and every one of you.

We hail the fact that the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, which prioritized international humanitarian projects in its activities, renders comprehensive support to our congress and fulfills all the organizational tasks entrusted to the host agency. We do believe that you will appreciate all the conditions created by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and enjoy your visit to hospitable Azerbaijan.

In this new millennium, humanity faces constantly updating technological challenges. We now live in an era when realtime news is awaited by billions of people in every corner of the world, with information becoming one of the mostly needed ‘meals’ in people`s daily menu. And ensuring the timely delivery of the most accurate news to consumers lies at the heart of our profession.

With all the political and cultural differences pertaining to diverse societies around the globe, many of those challenges appear to be rather common for national news agencies throughout the world. The capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, brings together senior executives of news agencies from all the continents in an ambition to address the key issues around the general topic of ‘New Challenges for News Agencies’.

I am sure that following the meetings in Moscow, Estepona, Bariloche and Riyadh, the gathering of the world`s news industry elite in Baku will be an outstanding contribution to the world media. As Director General of AZERTAC, I am honoured to invite my esteemed colleagues to join the exciting debates and share their thoughts at this convention of the professional journalistic excellence.

Yours sincerely,

Aslan Aslanov

Director General