By Emmanuel Elebeke
Technology will dominate discussions at the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) when they meet in Yaoundé, Cameroon in November.
Other issues to be discussed at the forum include: funding African Media in an Age of uncertain business models which will also be the main theme of the event.
The Forum is the flagship programme of the African Media Initiative (AMI) and is the only annual gathering of African media owners and operators from around the continent.
According to Amadou Mahtar Ba, African Media Initiative, the main objective of the Forum is to facilitate the emergence of an African media sector that is professional, financially sustainable, technologically adaptable and socially responsible.
The Forum, which will take place on the 18th and 19th November, is being hosted by the Spectrum Media Group. Also expected to attend the event are Publishers and media leaders from Africa and beyond.
He explained that this year’s Forum will be organized for both plenary sessions and working groups that will run simultaneously with some selected topics, which include: Financing; Technology and New Business Models; and Ethics, Leadership and Social Responsibility.
The Co-Chairman of the forum include: Joyce Bamathan, Presiodent of International centre for Journalists, USA, madiaw Ndiaye, CEO and Founder of the Advanced Finance & Investment Group, USA, Reginald Mengi, Executive Chairman of IPP, Tanzania and Salim Amin, Chairman, A24 Media and Camerapix, Kenya.
“ We believe that their skills, views and experience will provide invaluable input in discussions around how to improve the media landscape in Africa and how to empower media to play a greater role in promoting democracy, human development and economic growth on the continent,” he stated.