The Africa Media Initiative (AMI) and its partners will hold its sixth annual African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) from November 6 to 8, 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with the theme “Media and African Renaissance”. AMI is organizing the forum in partnership with the African Development Bank (AFDB), The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Sub-Saharan African Media Programme of the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (kas Media) Africa.
The Forum will bring the best African and international expertise to help guide deliberations over a three-day period in parallel breakout and plenary sessions to allow for rich discussions with the following topics: funding and business development, technology and innovation and lastly ethics and leadership.
AMLF in collaboration with the Organisation of Social Science Research in Southern and Eastern Africa (OSSREA) will organize a public debate titled “My Africa in 50 years”.
The Co-chairs for this forum are;Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank Group (AFDB), Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Dr. Nkosazana Dliamini-Zuma, Chair Person of the African Union (AU).
AMI seeks to add a powerful voice and resource to African media development efforts. Over the years, AMLF has grown both in size and stature making its début with a modest gathering of 55 delegates in 2008 to over 500 publishers, managing directors, CEOs and other media decision makers in November 2012 in Dakar, Senegal.
Mr. Amadou Mahtar Ba, Chief Executive of AMI in a statement about the upcoming forum urged partners and stakeholders to encourage the chair person of the African Union (A.U) Dr. Nkosazana Dliamini-Zuma, by participating in the best way they can. He commended the organization’s efforts in the unification of Africa by promoting cooperation, friendship, and mutual support among member states.
Mr. Ba also suggested that marking the A.U’s 50th anniversary in Addis Ababa would be ideal as it is the same place where the entire story about the organisation started.
AMLF requests intending participants to complete the online registration form and attach a brief bio and recent picture with their confirmation. Participation should be confirmed no later than September 6, 2013.
Details of the agenda as well as other logistical information will be sent to registered participants in due course and also posted on the Forum’s website:http://africanmedialeadersforum.org/. Intending participants can monitor this website for important updates.
AMLF is the flagship programme of AMI, a bold project to support greater professionalism, financial sustainability, technological adaptability and social responsibility amongst African media. By involving owners and operators in this endeavour, AMI seeks to add a powerful voice and resource to African media development efforts.