Letter from the AMI Board of Directors: Welcome to AMLF 2015

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Greetings Colleagues!

On behalf of the African Media Initiative Board of Directors, I invite you to join us at the 7th Edition of the African Media Leaders Forum, to be held from 11-13th November 2015, in Johannesburg, South Africa. I’d like to thank Media 24 for serving as the forum co-hosts, as well as Madam Bineta Diop, Founder & President, Femmes Africa Solidarité , and Jay Naidoo, Chair of the Partnership Council of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), for serving as co-chairs in this year’s forum.

In today’s times, the media in Africa is facing a unique set of challenges that test our ability to propel governments and communities to action, in ensuring the continent realizes its development potential. Advances in the digital space are changing how we do business, and our audiences are increasingly relying on social sites for news and entertainment.

Expectations have changed, as the media is now required to deliver news and information faster, and on multiple platforms. At this conference and in the networking sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to meet experts from various sectors of the media and technology industries in Africa and across the globe. You will hear from key players who seek to share their knowledge and experience on what works, and what doesn’t.

We welcome all delegates to the premier media gathering event on the African continent that brings Africa’s top media leaders, political leaders, development partners, technology experts and civil society. We look forward to hosting once again, our returning attendees. Welcome back, and thank you for your continued support.

In order to tell the Africa story better, we must develop avenues for shared experiences, and the media presents an excellent platform for our audiences to talk to each other. I hope that each one of us will take every opportunity to make meaningful connections with our counterparts from different parts of the continent. In its second phase of operations, AMI will be launching a platform for shared media content, namely, the African Media Cooperative (AMC). This platform will enable media houses to access quality content from across Africa, that can be re-published or re-broadcast in their respective media outlets. To find out more about the AMC and other AMI programs aimed at growing the African media, be sure to stop by the AMI Open House exhibition that will be running for the duration of the conference.

I hope you will join us for the 7th Edition of the AMLF and take advantage of everything this event has to offer.

I look forward to seeing you in Johannesburg, South Africa, in November 2015.

 

Trevor Ncube,
Chairman,
AMI Board of Directors.