Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 5:12 PM
Dakar – The work of the 8th meeting of the Executive Council of the Atlantic Federation of African News Agencies (FAAPA) began Thursday in Dakar, Senegal, in the presence of Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, President of FAAPA and Director General of the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP).
Speaking at the opening of this meeting, the president of FAAPA expressed his great joy to hold in Dakar the 8th meeting of the Council of the Pan-African Federation, after the meetings away from headquarters of the Executive Council held in Abidjan, Brazzaville and Praia. .
While 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 of African press agencies, urgency and challenges”, the Director General of MAP underlined that “despite the difficult financial context which most African media are facing today, we hope that the Dakar meeting recommends a common strategy based on the research and development of a new business. model for news agencies and closer partnerships so that they can fully play their role in a process of development and innovation, especially at a time characterized by the proliferation of social networks and fake news ”.
Mr. Hachimi Idrissi underlined that ”the Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted the press sector. African news agencies, like other media, have faced major challenges in terms of strategic choices and working methods that affect their future ”.
The president of FAAPA also took the opportunity of the FAAPA Executive Council meeting to renew the invitation to all press agencies in general, and to African news agencies in particular, to participate in the 7th World Congress of News Agencies (NAWC), which will take place for the first time on African soil, in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2022.
For his part, the Director General of the Senegalese Press Agency (APS), Thierno Birahim Fall underlined in his speech the “extremely important role of media diplomacy” played by FAAPA, noting that “in an international context marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, news agencies are facing new challenges ”.
He indicated that “the economic and political challenges arise in terms of adaptation, resilience and diversification of the offer”, noting that “the different waves of the pandemic have precipitated the waves of transformations 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 the Senegalese Minister of Culture and Communication Abdoulaye Diop, who underlined that ”the major issues, today , in the digital age are now the domain of content and their dissemination on a large scale, continental and global ”.
“This can only be achieved by resolutely committing ourselves to strong media, media accessible everywhere and to all,” he said.
“Certainly we have very dynamic and respectable local press groups, but their production and their public remains essentially local”, noted Mr. Faye in his intervention on behalf of the Minister of Culture and Communication, noting that “these media are often limited when it comes to the collection and dissemination of news that occurs beyond their borders, because they do not have sufficient human and material resources and adapted to collect the information where it is located. product”.
“To fill this void, he observed, they are forced to resort to Western foreign sources, in particular to feed their pages and programs”.
At the end of this opening ceremony, the FAAPA Institutional Film was screened.
The FAAPA, which currently brings together around twenty African press agencies, constitutes a professional platform to promote the exchange of experiences and multimedia information and products.
Created on October 14, 2014, the Federation has set itself the objectives of establishing a strategic partnership and developing professional relations between press agencies. It also aims to contribute to the consolidation of the free flow of information and to strengthen cooperation and coordination at the level of regional and international forums.