In Senegal, delegates from thirty-seven countries are attending a three-day meeting of the Union of National Radio and Television Organisations of Africa (URTNA).
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Background: In Senegal, delegates from thirty-seven countries are attending a three-day meeting of the Union of National Radio and Television Organisations of Africa (URTNA). It was the 19th session of the Union's General Assembly, and had before it a key issue of Third World concern -- the need to have more relevant information about their affairs than is normally supplied by the developed world.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting, at the Foreign Ministry in Dakar, opened on Monday (5 February), with the ranks of delegates swelled by three new member states -- Gambia, Botswana and Djibouti. There were two new projects on the agenda for the session.
The first of these projects provides for the setting up of a training centre on Ouagadougou, in the Upper Volta. This is seen as a development of the concern expressed by member states for a steady improvement in broadcasting standards in Africa.
The second project also reflects the spirit of co-operation within the Union. Called "Afrovision" it will allow member nations a direct exchange of television programmes within the Pan-African television network. This is an important step towards encouraging a wider choice of material and information, and is directly linked to the recurring theme of a new information "order", which has dominated other broadcasting conferences not only in Africa, but also in Asia, in recent months.