Rabat, Thursday, March 25, 2021 – Mr. Abdellatif BENSFIA and Mr.Jean Pierre ELONG MBASSI, respectively Director of the Higher Institute of Information and Communication (ISIC) and Secretary General of the pan-African organization United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa), signed, on Thursday March 25, 2021 at the ISIC headquarters, a framework partnership agreement.
This framework agreement aims to define the general framework and the basis for the collaboration between the two institutions in the fields of training and continuing education, research, study and capacity building for Moroccan and African journalists, as well as local elected officials in the area of territorial communication and the media.
Concluded for a period of 3 years, this framework agreement will enable the two institutions, among others, to conduct joint research, organize seminars and conferences, as well as training and continuing education workshops in the fields of information and political, institutional and territorial communication.
A three-year action program will set out joint activities between the two partner institutions, particularly in the areas of training, continuing education and academic research both in Morocco and in the rest of Africa.
The pan-African organization United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa), representing Local Authorities in the five African regions (Center, East, North, South and West) since May 2005 and representing the voice of Local Africa within the world organization United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) as its regional chapter in Africa (UCLG-Africa), works for the achievement of three main goals:
– Promote decentralization and the recognition of local governments as a level of governance, with legal personality and political and financial autonomy;
– Be the voice of Africa’s local governments and represent them at the pan-African and international level;
– Strengthen the capacities of local governments.
ISIC is a public higher education institution responsible for the training of senior executives operating in the media and communication fields of organizations and who are intended to serve public and private institutions as well as local governments.
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