Morocco’s Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP) and the Congolese Press Agency (ACP) have strengthened their relationship with the signing of a new cooperation and partnership agreement in Rabat on July 12th, 2023.
Signed by MAP Director General Fouad Arif and ACP Director General Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya, the agreement aims to strengthen cooperation between the two agencies and consolidate their partnership and professional relations in all areas of common interest.
Under the terms of the agreement, signed on the occasion of ACP Director General’s visit to MAP, accompanied by a delegation of journalist-managers from the Congolese agency, MAP and ACP grant each other the right to receive and use, in their editorial services, information and all multimedia content (photo, video, audio, computer graphics) from either agency.
The two parties also agreed to strengthen the exchange of experience through the organization of visits and immersion courses for journalists, executives, technicians and IT specialists from both agencies.
On the occasion of the signing, the two General Managers held a working session during which they discussed ways of developing relations between the two agencies in terms of strategic communication and technology.
They underlined the importance for both agencies to give priority to cooperation in the fields of communication and information exchange, in order to live up to the exemplary relations between Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
On this occasion, Bakumanya highlighted the historic ties between the Kingdom and the DRC, and the relations of friendship and fraternity between the heads of state of the two countries.
“We have decided to synergize our logistical and intellectual resources” to serve the two agencies, he added in a statement to MAP.
Bakumanya said he was determined to work towards consolidating the ACP’s cooperation with MAP, particularly in the field of digital transition.
During the meeting, Arif emphasized MAP’s full willingness to share its expertise with the ACP in this field, assuring that a well-defined action plan will be put in place shortly.
“Africa is an essential and major strategic axis of HM King Mohammed VI’s strategy,” continued Arif, noting that the continent occupies a prominent place in Moroccan foreign policy.