Southern Africa: Angola to Host Saba Conference in 2010

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Angola will host the 18th annual conference of the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) in 2010. It was announced in Maseru, capital of Lesotho, by the Director for Programmes and Interchange of the Angolan state-run radio station (RNA), José Júlio Mendonça who was attending this year’s SABA conference. He was speaking at the end of the 17th annual conference of SABA, which concluded that member states needed to work hard on digital migration, which is expected to be implemented by 2015.

Participants to the event recommended a greater interaction among media organs, mainly in reporting and diffusion of the main aspects affecting the region, namely HIV/AIDS, poverty and famine.

During the meeting, the Angolan delegation expressed conviction that each member state is ready to turn SABA into a stronger and united organisation that is determined to proceed with its strategic goals, with values that meet the interests of the institutions and of the societies.

Matters such as the current situation of media organs, their role in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the preparation of the Africa Cup of Nations, set to take place in January 10-31, 2010 in Angola, were also analysed during SABA's 17th conference.