The second General Assembly of the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies( FAAPA) ended on Friday in Casablanca, Morocco with some participating agencies entering agreements.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) which was represented by The Editor-In-Chief, Alhaji Lawal Ado, signed an agreement with FAAPA.
At the opening of the Assembly, the President of the association, Khalil Idrissi, said FAAPA, founded on October 14, 2014, allowed members to better communicate and assess their actions.
He said that the organisation also created favourable conditions for operation for members and helped to develop professionalism between African Press agencies.
According to him, FAAPA is waxing stronger day by day and that African news agencies need more transfers of information and technology.
He said that there was the need to make African continent a place of meeting for world agencies and other organisations.
Idrissi said Africa needed to have more beneficial partnerships and develop its vast cultural potentials.
He said that 30 agencies were represented at the meeting, including a new member, NIgeria, which he described as a great country.
The Secretary General of the Moroccan Ministry of Communications, Mr Mohammed Ghazali, welcomed members to Morocco and thanked them for choosing Casablanca as venue for the general assembly of the organisation.
He charged the meeting to come up with stronger partnership to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
He said that the meeting should assess the challenges facing the media in the era of the social media and come up with workable solutions against such challenges.
Ghazali said that because of the importance of the continent of Africa, His Royal Majesty, King Mohammed of Morocco, had made Africa his priority in area of diplomacy.
He said that FAAPA had all what it would take to publicise Africa, hence the creation of Institute of Journalism which also showed how the cooperation between the agencies was working.
He said that despite the current difficulties, FAAPA had continued to grow stronger and stronger.
The Secretary General of Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies, Mr George Penintaex, said FAAPA had brought news agencies from West Africa to deliberate on issues concerning Africa.
According to him, the organisation is the right forum to deliberate on any issue that concerns Africa.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that NAN, has today in Casablanca, Morocco, been registered as a full member of FAAPA during the group’s second General Assembly.
The Editor-in-Chief, Malam Lawal Ado, signed the registration form on behalf of NAN Managing Director, Mr Bayo Onanuga.
The federation is a professional platform to encourage the exchange of experiences, information and multimedia products among members of the group.
It is also to promote exchange of ideas on the future of news agencies and the role they must play in the 21st century.
The news agencies of Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Cote D Ivoire, Congo Kinshasha, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Liberia and Mali are all members of the federation.
Others are Burkina Faso, Chad, Togo, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, Central Africa, Cape Verde, São Tomé and the newest member, Nigeria.
The themes of this year’s General Assembly are ‘ What Training Strategy for African News Agencies?’ and ‘ Human Resources Challenges: Case of African News Agencies of which papers were presented