10 Sep 2007 16:56

Interfax announces launch of Interfax-Far East project, completion of news agencies network in federal districts

The Interfax Information Service Group has launched its Interfax-Far East project, under which it started on September 10 releasing a specialized sociopolitical and economic newswire on the most important events in the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District.

“The Far Eastern project is the seventh regional information project of the Interfax Group. By launching it, Interfax has completed the building of a network of major news agencies in all seven federal districts of the Russian Federation, thus achieving one of its key strategic goals – the development of an integrated information space across Russia,” President of Interfax‘s Regional News Services Alexei Gorshkov said.

“We have been working to achieve this goal for about five years, and our efforts have resulted in the creation of a unique and powerful information structure unmatched in Russia. In the future, we will continue to actively expand our business in regions, with an emphasis on the introduction of new technology and the promotion of specialized information services for various professional target audiences,” Gorshkov said.

Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Kamil Iskhakov said in comments on the opening of the new Interfax outlet, “The Interfax-Far East News Agency will become a key channel for circulating objective and trustworthy information on events in the regions included in the Far Eastern Federal District, on the activity of regional and municipal government bodies, non-governmental organizations, the business community, and federal institutions.”

“I hope the agency will be actively involved in the development and implementation of special programs aimed at improving the Russian Far East’s investment appeal and image,” Iskhakov said.

The Far East News wire, which is released in real time, informs Interfax subscribers on sociopolitical and financial-economic events in all regions of the Far Eastern Federal District, as well as on the most important events in Russia and the world.

A bureau and a press center of the Interfax-Far East News Agency have been opened in Khabarovsk, the center of the Far Eastern Federal District. Interfax also plans to open press offices in all regions included in the district.

***Interfax Information Services Group provides news and other information services essential for decision makers in politics and business. The group, which was founded in 1989, incorporates over 30 companies, including a network of national, regional and sector-related news agencies active in Russia, other CIS member-nations, China and Central and Eastern Europe. The companies and divisions that are members of the Interfax Group provide news, analytical services, market data, fundamental information, and program solutions.

Since the start of the 1990s, Interfax has been the main source of current reports on Russia and the rest of the Commonwealth of Independent States for the international community.

It is the most frequently cited source of information in foreign media reports from this part of the world and is one of the world‘s most often-used sources of current news.

Interfax Group began a program designed to set up regional news agencies in all of Russia’s Federal Districts in 2002. Within the following two years, Interfax opened news agencies in the Urals, Southern, Volga, Northwestern, Siberian, and Central Federal Districts (Interfax-Urals, Interfax-South, Interfax-Volga, Interfax-Northwest, Interfax-Siberia, and Interfax-Center).