Funding African Media - AMLF meeting in Cameroon


Funding African Media in an Age of Uncertain Business Models will be the main theme of the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) when it meets in Yaoundé, Cameroon in November.

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. “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,” according to Amadou Mahtar Ba, AMI CEO.

The Forum, which will take place on the 18th and 19th November, is being hosted by the Spectrum Media Group, one of the largest broadcasters on the continent, which operates out of West and Central Africa. Over 250 participants including CEOs, managing directors, publishers and media leaders from Africa and beyond are expected to attend. The organizers have reported an over five-fold increase in
number of participants attending when compared to the first AMLF which
was held in Dakar, Senegal in 2008. This year’s Forum will be organized around both plenary sessions and working groups that will run simultaneously. The topics will be
Financing; Technology and New Business Models; and Ethics, Leadership and Social Responsibility.

The co-chairs of the 2010 Forum are: Joyce Barnathan, President of the International Center for Journalist (ICFJ), USA, Papa 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.

“AMLF is honoured to have these leading professionals co-chair the 2010 Forum. 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,” said Mr Mahtar Ba.

For more information, please contact: Edith Muthoni Meme - +254 (0) 710 972 596
Noreen Wambui Nthiga +254 (0) 722 210 842
Vimbai Kadenhe +27 (0) 785 299 108