African News Agencies Form Federation

African News Agencies Form Federation

African News Agencies Form Federation
Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2014
FAAPA Executive Council: (L-R) Mathias Leandre Atignon (Benin), Jay Nagbe Sloh (Liberia), Yarba Ould Sghair (Mauritania), Khalil Hachimi Idrissi (Morocco), Barry Oumou Valentine Claudine (Ivory Coast), Anasth Wilfrid Mbossa (Congo), and Mohamed Anis (Morocco/Secretary-general)


CASABLANCA, October 21 (LINA) - The first forum of state-owned news agencies in Atlantic and Sub-Saharan African countries has ended here with participants establishing a federation to keep them together and cater to their common needs and aspirations.

The formation of the Atlantic Federation of African News Agencies (FAAPA) was proposed by the Liberia News Agency and endorsed by the other 19 agencies, participating in the two-day gathering, organized and sponsored by the Morocco News Agency (MAP).

FAAPA aims to lay the basis for a strategic partnership and develop professional relations between news agencies in member countries, share information and multimedia products, ensure free circulation of information and collect, process and spread any piece of news concerning member countries.

It will also organize training sessions and seminars on issues of shared interest, promote fruitful cooperation in all areas, preserve shared interests of member states and share expertise in addition to coordination and consultations in regional and international forums.

The forum elected a seven-member executive council to run its affairs for a three-year term. Those elected were the managing director of the Morrocan News Agency, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, president; Ms. Barry Oumou Valentine Claudine, Director-General of the Ivorian News Agency, first vice-president, and Anasth Wilfrid Mbossa, Director-General of the Congolese News Agency, second vice-president.

Executive Council members elected were Jay Nagbe Sloh, Project Manager of the Liberia News Agency, Mathias Leandre Atignon, Director-General of the News Agency of Benin, and Yarba Ould Sghair, Director-General of the Mauritania News Agency. The executive council appointed veteran Morrocan journalist Mohamed Anis as secretary-general to run to day-to-day activities of the organization.

The forum, held on the theme "African News Agencies in the Era of Multimedia: What Future," was intended to provide a platform for exchange and reflection on the future of African news agencies and their role amidst changes on the media scene and within the framework of globalization and the new era of multimedia.