They will work with maritime authorities in Eastern and Southern Africa to provide training and access to experts for journalists covering the sector.
“The maritime domain remains gravely under-reported by African media despite the fact that this is a key sector with many opportunities for employment, trade, and economic growth,” said AMI’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Eric Chinje, during the signing ceremony at AMI’s offices in Nairobi, Kenya.
“By training journalists to cover this area of the economy,” he added, “we hope to enrich national and regional dialogues on the sector, and to expose more people to the opportunities and potential for Africa’s growth, through activities on seas and oceans.”
Over the next three years, the maritime journalism project will seek to train reporters from each African country in the art and science of reporting on the sector. This will include data access and mining, analysis and presentation, a deeper understanding of maritime issues, and access to experts in the sector. The overall aim of the project is to keep audiences informed about opportunities in this domain and its crucial role in Africa’s development.
PMAESA’s Secretary-General, Ms Nozipho Mdawe, noted that the partnership will enable maritime authorities to form critical linkages with media professionals to ensure a wider audience reach. “Maritime authorities everywhere recognize the important role the media plays in highlighting key social, economic, and policy issues,” she said.
“We need to work together to ensure Africa’s maritime story is told well because the sector remains key to the continent’s development.”
The partners will work with sector experts and top African universities to develop a training curriculum. The first training sessions will be rolled out in Eastern and Southern Africa in 2016.