LINA DG Jay Nagbe Sloh and MAP DG Khalil H. Idrissi sign cooperation agreement13 October 2014
Morocco News Agency signs cooperation agreements withfour news agencies
Rabat, 03/26/15 (LINA) –The Morocco News Agency (MAP)today signedpartnership agreements intended to strengthen its cooperation with four African news agencies which are members of the Rabat-based Federation of Atlantic African Press Agencies (FAAPA).
The four include the Togolese news agency (ATOP), the Democratic Republic of Congo news agency (ACP-DRC), the Gabonese news agency (AGP), and the Central African news agency (ACAP).
The agreements were signed by MAP Director-general Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, ATOPDirector-generalAssiba Akakpo, ACP-DRCDirector-general Justin Kangundu, AGPboard chair Jacques Sima, and ACAPDirector-general Médard Dagoulou-Ada-Zenguet.
Signed on the sidelines of the first meeting of the FAAPA Executive Council at the MAP head office in Rabat, the agreements seek to reinforce information sharing and professional relations between MAP and the fouragencies.
MAP and the four agencies agreed to share and use multimedia information, including pictures, soundtracks, videos, graphics, and internet.
They also agreed to exchanges news and stories free of charge and with no subscription fees.
Under the agreement, the parties commit, during the sharing of news via the internet or any other technical means, not to alter the basic content and to mention the source.
They also commit to facilitate and assist special envoys and correspondents in their respective countries.
The four agreements bring to 11 the number of similar agreements MAP has signed with other state-owned African news agencies. On the sidelines of the inaugural meeting of FAAPA in Casablanca on October 13, 2014, MAP signed similar agreements with Liberia,Guinea, Benin, Mali, Chad, Niger, and Senegal.
The agreements aim to give new impetus to cooperation between agencies of the region in addressing shared challenges of financing, training, new information, and communication technologies and harsh competition by international news agencies.
Under the agreements, signatory agencies also use each other's multimedia products (photo, audio, visual and internet).
The Forum of Atlantic and West African countries held by MAP is themed "African press agencies in the multimedia era: what future?"