FAAPA holds its 8th Executive Council meeting in Dakar

Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 5:12 pm

Dakar – Work for the 8th meeting of the Executive Council of the Atlantic Federation of African News Agencies (FAAPA) began on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal in the presence of Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrisi, President of FAAPA and Director General of Moroccan Press. Agency (MAP).

Speaking at the opening of this meeting, the President of the FAAPA expressed his great pleasure to organize the 8th meeting of the Council of the Pan-African Union in Dakar, after meetings away from the headquarters of the Executive Council held in Abidjan, Brazzaville and Praia. expressed. ,

Congratulating the Senegalese Press Agency (APS) for the choice of the theme of the inaugural conference of the Dakar meeting of the FAAPA Executive Council, namely “The Digital Transition, Urgency and Challenges of African Press Agencies”, the Director General of MAP underlined that the “difficult financial Irrespective of the context that is facing most African media today, we hope that the Dakar meeting recommends a common strategy based on research and development of a new business, news agencies and models for close partnerships so that they are complete. role in the process of development and innovation, especially in a time characterized by the proliferation of social networks and fake news”.

Mr. Hachimi Idrisi underlined that “the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the press sector. African news agencies, like other media, face great challenges in terms of strategic choices and ways of doing things that will affect their future.” has suffered “.

The President of the FAAPA took the opportunity of the meeting of the FAAPA Executive Council to renew the invitation to all press agencies in general, and African news agencies in particular, to participate in the 7th World Congress of News Agencies (NAWC), which Will take place on African soil for the first time in Marrakech, Morocco in November 2022.

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For his part, the Senegalese Press Agency (APS) Director-General, Thierno Birhim Fall, in his speech underscored the “extremely important role of media diplomacy” played by the FAAPA, noting that “an international crisis marked by the Covid-19 pandemic” In context, “news agencies are facing new challenges.”

He indicated that “economic and political challenges arise in terms of adaptation, resilience and diversification of the offer”, noting that “various waves of the pandemic have outpaced the waves of change of our news agencies.”

The opening ceremony of this meeting was also marked by the intervention of Mr. Demba Faye, Director of the Cabinet of Senegalese Minister of Culture and Communications Abdoulaye Diop, who underlined that “the key issues, today, in the digital age are now the domain of content and large their spread on a scale, continental and global”.

“This can only be achieved by committing ourselves to strong media, media accessible everywhere and for all,” he said.

“Of course we have very dynamic and respectable local press groups, but their production and their masses have essentially remained local”, Mr. Faye said in his intervention on behalf of the Minister of Culture and Communications, “these media are often limited. are when it comes to the collection and dissemination of news that are beyond their limits, as they do not have sufficient human and material resources and are adapted to collect information where it is located. “.

“To fill this void, he observed, the Westerners are forced to resort to foreign sources, in particular to feed their pages and programmes”.

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The FAAPA Institutional Film was screened at the end of this opening ceremony.

The FAAPA, which currently brings together about twenty African press agencies, constitutes a professional forum to promote the exchange of experiences and multimedia information and products.

Created on 14 October 2014, the Federation has set itself the objectives of establishing strategic partnerships and developing business relationships between press agencies. It aims to contribute to the consolidation of the free flow of information and strengthen cooperation and coordination at the level of regional and international fora.

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