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A partnership agreement signed between MAP and AAP


The General Director of the Moroccan Press Agency, Maghreb Arab Press Mr Khalil Hachimi Idrissi and the Editor in Chief of the the Australian Associated Press, Mr. Tony Gillies signed on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Sydney, a partnership Agreement between their respective Press Agencies.

The signing ceremony has been held at the headquaters of the AAP (Rhodes) in presence of the Ambassador of HM the King, Mr. Karim Medrek and various officials representing both agencies.

By virtue of this agreement, MAP and AAP agreed upon the sharing of the different audio, video and multimedia content.

This partnership agreement focuses equally on the exchange of information, exchange of visits between journalists and training.

Besides, it opens up new windows for cooperation between both agencies, aiming to reach more readers around the world.

The Ambassador of HM the King to Australia highlighted, in this regard, that this first agreement signed by AAP with an African and an Arab agency reflects the vital role of MAP on the international level. He added that this agreement will give the floor to more cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Morocco and Australia.

From his part, the Director General of MAP underlined that this partnership agreement will pave the way for the building of solid and sustainable cooperation with the AAP.

In this regard, he focused on the importance of the sharing of expertise and know- how between these renowned agencies in their respective region.

The CEO of AAP, Mr. Bruce Davidson and the Editor in Chief, Mr. Tony Gillies have also expressed their happiness for the signing of this partnership agreement with MAP. According to them, MAP will provide AAP with a new perspective of looking at Africa, a continent to which the Australian Agency attaches a great importance.

Mr. Davidson also evoked the cultural dimension of this exchange allowing Australians to know more about Morocco, in particular and Africa in general and vice-versa.

It is worth recalling that AAP founded in 1935, is owned by three Australian news organisations which are News Corp Australia, Fairfax, and Seven West Media, being the most prestigeous agency in the region.

On the sidelines of the signing of the partnership agreement between the Moroccan Press Agency, MAP and the Australian Associated Press AAP, the Director General of MAP, Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, alongside the Ambassador of HM the King to Australia, Mr. Karim Medrek paid a number of visits to the most prestigeous media institutions in Australia.

In this regard, Mr. Hachimi met with the members of the Australian Press Council in Sydney to discuss relevant themes to the functioning of this self regulatory institution which has been established in the 1930's in Australia.

Besides, the Director of the Moroccan Press Agency and the Ambassador visited the headquarters of "Fairfax Media" and "News Corp Australia" in Sydney where he tackled with his interlocutors, the most important challenges faced by newspapers nowadays, in a period marked by transition into the digital versions.

In the Australian Federal Capital, Mr. Hachimi paid a visit to the Editor in Chief of the Canberra Times, the most read newspaper locally and to the CEO of the National Press Club which shares common features, notably with the concept of " Le Forum de la MAP" established by the Moroccan agency during the last years.

Moreover, these meetings allowed the Director General of MAP to prospect opportunities of sharing experience and expertise with Australia in the field of Media.

The visit of Mr. Hachimi to Australia has also been marked by his lecture at the Alliance Francaise in Sydney about " The Joy of Writing" and his participation in the Australian African Award Dinner in Canberra where he obtained the International Recognition Award of this year for his brilliant role as President of the Atlantic Federation of Press Agencies FAAPA.