Daily Archives: November 13, 2015


Jakarta, November 10, 2015 – The CEO of Italian news agency Agi-Agenzia Giornalistica Italia Alessandro Pica and the Chairman and Director of Indonesian news agency Antara Saiful Hadi signed a cooperation agreement between Antara and Agi, in the opening session of the “First bilateral dialogue between Indonesia and Italy”, during the State visit of the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella in the Republic of Indonesia.

The Memorandum of Understanding is based on a strong editorial collaboration between the two news agencies, on the joint development of communication initiatives and on the organization of events and training activities, aimed at increasing the understanding of socio-political and economic dynamics in Italy and in Indonesia.

“We are honored to start this new partnership”, Antara’s Chairman and Director Saiful Hadi declared, “confident that this will be the beginning of a strengthened dialogue between Italy and Indonesia, as wished for by our highest institutions and well represented by the important State Visit of the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella currently taking place in Indonesia”.

“To face the challenges and to seize the opportunities of an emerging economy such as Indonesia, it is important for Italian companies and institutions to act in a coordinated manner” – said Alessandro Pica, Agi’s CEO – “It is in this framework, and coherently with its international development strategy that reaches over 50 countries throughout the world, that Agi proposes itself as a tool to communicate Italy to the Indonesians, and to favor dialogue between two countries with great complementarities and great possibilities to cooperate”.

Agi – Agenzia Giornalistica Italia is one of Italy’s leading news companies. Since 1950 its news bulletins provide timely information to Italian institutions, businesses, and media. Agi’s international growth strategy focuses on strategic areas worldwide, through a network of correspondents and partners in over 50 countries and news production in 7 languages, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Founded in 1937, Antara is Indonesia’s national news agency. It operates as a State-Owned Enterprise since 2007 and it is member of the ANEX (ASEAN News Exchange), OANA (Organization of Asia Pacific News Agencies) and NNN (Non-Aligned News Network). Antara covers daily no less than 500 stories, in English and in Indonesian, thanks to its reporters and bureaus around the world and it receives 3,000 stories from its foreign partners.

Contact details:
Press office:
 Tel. +39.0651996296
Switchboard: +39 06.5199161
Website: www.agi.it

Acton Institute’s Poverty, Inc. Documentary Wins Prestigious 2015 Templeton Freedom Award

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Acton Institute was awarded Atlas Network’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for its documentary film Poverty, Inc.

Ghanaian entrepreneur featured in Acton Institute’s ‘Poverty, Inc.’ documentary, winner of the 2015 prestigious Templeton Freedom Award.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151113/287108

“On issues of international development and foreign aid, our country is at a tipping point,” said Acton Institute Executive Director Kris Mauren. “While entrenched interests remain, mounting evidence is causing people of all political stripes to question whether their actions are really helping the poor. This is where Poverty, Inc. comes in. Operating under the conviction that thoughtful documentaries change culture, we designed Poverty, Inc. to spearhead a broad reconsideration of poverty that is nonpartisan but pro-market.”

Poverty, Inc. is changing the culture of aid. Drawing from more than 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, this feature-length documentary unearths an uncomfortable side of charity that we can no longer ignore. By tracing paternalism from the colonial era to contemporary times, Poverty, Inc. helps viewers to abandon the tired paradigm of aid in favor of proven reform centered on free enterprise and human dignity. It makes a persuasive case that the most effective solutions to poverty lie in unleashing entrepreneurs to find new, innovative, and efficient ways to meet people’s needs.

“This is profoundly important work being advanced by Acton Institute,” said Atlas Network’s CEO Brad Lips. “It contains good news: the solution to poverty already exists, in the entrepreneurialism of the poor themselves. It also conveys a challenge: to retire the top-down systems of aid delivery that bring as many problems as benefits.”

Poverty, Inc., which covers topics such as international orphanages, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the 2010 Haiti earthquake, TOMS shoes, Bono, and U.S. agricultural subsidies, has already been screened on more than 150 occasions to more than 10,000 people in 16 countries and 22 U.S. states. The film has earned official selection honors at nearly 40 domestic and international film festivals, collecting more than 12 awards in the process.

Awarded since 2004, the Templeton Freedom Award is named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton. The award annually honors his legacy by identifying and recognizing the most exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment via free competition. The award is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust and was presented during Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner closing ceremony Nov. 12, 2015, at New York City’s at historic Capitale. The winning organization received a $100,000 prize and the five runners-up received $5,000.

About Acton Institute
Acton Institute’s mission is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.

About Atlas Network
Washington-based Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization that strengthens the worldwide freedom movement by connecting 466 independent partners in 100 countries that share the vision of a free, prosperous, and peaceful world where limited governments defend the rule of law, private property, and free markets.