Speech by Mr. George Penintaex

CNA Director

AMAN Secretary General

2nd GA of FAAPA

Casablanca, 7-10 December 2016




Dear President

Dear Colleagues,


Allow me first to convey greetings from all over the Mediterranean and the national news agencies comprising the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN).


MAP, our host of this gathering, is one of the founders of AMAN, back in 1991 in Tunis.


MAP plays a very important role in AMANís affairs, actively participating in all activities in the Mediterranean.  MAP successfully organized twice the AMAN General Assembly, in Marrakech and in Tangier.  Next June MAP will play host to the third AMAN General Assembly, this time in the seaside town of Agadir.


Dear President, Mr. Idrissi, please accept the appreciation of the whole AMAN Alliance for MAPís contribution to the goals and spirit of cooperation and solidarity among the Mediterranean News Agencies.


MAP has transferred this spirit to West Africa by its initiative to launch FAAPA and holding the first Presidency of this Alliance.


FAAPA brings together news agencies of different status from West Africa, sitting around the same table discussing common problems and needs, and exchanging ideas and ways on how to cope with challenges.


Training and technology is the twin challenge that a news agency has to continuously take care for progress and new achievements.


FAAPA is the right forum to join forces and try to find solutions for its members.


I want to express my warmest thanks for the invitation to attend the FAAPA General Assembly and for the excellent hospitality extended to all of us by our host, MAP.


I wish every success to your deliberations.




George Penintaex

AMAN Secretary General

CNA Director