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Ecuador's state news agency ready to join Yonhap's PNN news platform: envoy

All Headlines 18:30 July 07, 2017

SEOUL, July 7 (Yonhap) -- Ecuadorian Ambassador to Seoul Oscar Herrera Gilbert said Friday the country's state-run news agency is ready to join Yonhap News Agency's news sharing platform for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

The ambassador visited Park No-hwang, the president and CEO of Yonhap News Agency, at the company's headquarters in central Seoul to discuss media cooperation between the two countries, especially the Public News Agency of Ecuador and South America's (Andes) possible subscription to PyeongChang News Service Network (PNN).

As the host news agency for the upcoming Winter Games in South Korea, Yonhap News is developing the online platform that allows news outlets around the world to share content on the sports event in real time and for free. The system will be completed within this year.

"Already 48 news agencies around the world have joined the PNN service. I hope your Andes could join the platform too," the Yonhap CEO told the ambassador during their one-hour meeting.

Amb. Gilbert conveyed the state-run Ecuadorian news agency's willingness to join the system.

"We checked (with them) and they are totally open to move forward in that way...," the ambassador said, indicating that procedures to sign an agreement between the two news agencies would start immediately.

The partnership would also be "a good opportunity for Ecuadorian people to introduce their culture to Koreans," Park also said, referring to the growing popularity of Korean pop music and dramas in the South American country.

"We are very keen to move forward immediately to achieve this closest process," according to the ambassador.

Park No-hwang (L), the president and CEO of Yonhap News Agency, and Ecuador's Ambassador to South Korea Oscar Herrera Gilbert shake hands during their meeting at Yonhap's headquarters in Seoul on July 7, 2017. (Yonhap)

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