The director of the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Hassan Al Aqran, was unanimously elected President of the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA).
Aqran was elected to his two-year term during the 48th Conference of FANA’s General Assembly, which is currently being hosted by the SPA in Riyadh.
Aqran said he was proud of the confidence in him shown by the presidents and directors of FANA member agencies, promising to move forward on the concerted efforts to develop the Federation’s role in serving the work of Arab media and strengthening its international presence.
He stressed that the SPA’s assumption of the presidency of the FANA reflects, firstly, the substantial role played by the Saudi Press Agency, as well as the development seen in Saudi media with the support and follow-up of Acting Minister of Media Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, who has been working to strengthen the Kingdom’s standing at the regional and international levels.
He indicated that the Federation’s responsibilities have been increasing amid an acceleration of media’s development and the increased pace of changes, which aim to maintain gains and contribute to the efforts to overcome these challenges within the framework of the Federation’s founding objectives.
Aqran also praised the efforts of the Director-General and Editor-in-Chief of the Oman News Agency, Ibrahim bin Zahran Al-Azri, during his presidency of the Federation.