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fonte: [https://www.mapnews.ma/en/actualites/general/faapa-contributes-significantly-development-african-press-agencies-lina-news], 22/12/2019

Rabat – The Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA) contributes significantly to the development of African press agencies, journalist and news director of Liberia News Agency (LINA), Justice Randall Clarke, said Saturday in Rabat.

“The federation is working hard to develop African press agencies”, Clarke told MAP on the sidelines of the 8th edition of Africa Students’ and Youth Summit (ASYS).

FAAPA provides several opportunities to train and develop the skills of African journalists, he pointed out, adding that the federation promotes the exchange of information and the digitalization of media productions.

The journalist also highlighted the “numerous advantageous opportunities” that FAAPA offers to journalists and agency executives through a series of training sessions and educational activities.

Faapa has an African Center for the Training of Journalists (CAFJ), located at the headquarters of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) in Rabat. The Center provides three training sessions per year to around sixty journalists and executives from the federation’s member press agencies.

LINA news director also noted that this initiative allows the continent’s youth to better access information from different African countries through the federation’s website.

Over 1,000 participants from 52 African countries are taking part in the 8th ASYS, including key African Union Officials, student Unions and student-led groups, youth-led Non-Governmental Organizations as well as regional and international youth organizations.

The event challenges existing assumptions and the status quo on the approach to regional cooperation and ultimately, African unity.

FAAPA, which brings together around twenty African news agencies, was created in 2014 with the aim of encouraging the exchange of experiences and information and promoting the exchange of ideas on the future of news agencies and the role they must play in the 21st century.