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Monday 18 December 2017

Africa: FAAPA Renews, Broadens Its Executive Council

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Africa: FAAPA Renews, Broadens Its Executive Council

The Atlantic Federation of African News Agencies (FAAPA) has renewed its Executive Council, whose members increased from 7 to 9 at the end of the third General Assembly, which closed Friday in Casablanca.

In addition to the outgoing members who were all re-elected, Cape Verde (Infopress) and Nigeria (NAN) were appointed to sit on the Council for a three-year term, to boost linguistic pluralism within this body.

The other members are Benin (ABP), Côte d'Ivoire (AIP), Congo-Brazzaville (ACI), Liberia (LINA), Morocco (MAP) and Mauritania (AMI), in addition to Moroccan Secretary General Mohamed Anis.

Director General of Moroccan News Agency (MAP) Khalil Hachimi Idrissi remained president of FAAPA, a position he has held since the inception of this group, on Oct. 14, 2014 in Casablanca, at the initiative of MAP.

Hachimi Idrissi is also President of the Executive Council which has two Vice-Presidents, Oumou Barry-Sana, AIP Central Director and Anasth Wilfrid Mbossa, Director General of ABP respectively.

During this General Assembly, FAAPA was joined by two new members, Namibia and Sierra Leone, making the Federation the largest gathering of news agencies in the continent.

No less than 80 journalists and executives from member countries have benefited from training sessions organized by MAP's training centre (CAFJ) in Rabat.