The Sheikh Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah Journalism Excellence Award Higher Committee declared on Thursday signing of a long-term cooperation agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). A press release quoted the committee's Chairman Ayman Al-Ali saying the agreement involves UN experts in the fields of journalism and media training Kuwaiti prize winners to improve their competence and whet their skills and encourage their creativity. Al-Ali added the program would enroll the winners in special training courses in the fields of gathering of information, writing of reports and features, and editing, in addition to other areas of journalistic work and media coverage. The training program would include field visits and the trainees' performance would be assessed following completion of their training activities. The trainers would then present their recommendations in view of their assessment. Al-Ali stressed such training courses are encouraged and called for by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah who always says that it is of utmost priority that young talent be given support and attention to encourage creativity and accomplishment.