Monday, February 8, 2021 at 18:51 Rabat – A partnership agreement in the field of media was signed on Monday at ICESCO headquarters in Rabat between the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP) and the Islamic Organization for education, science and culture (ICESCO). This agreement, signed by the Director General of MAP, Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, and the Director General of ICESCO, Mr. Salem Ben Mohamed El Malek, aims at the joint implementation of practical programs and projects, for a period of of 5 years renewable. Under this agreement, the two parties undertake to cooperate for the organization of the 7th International Conference of News Agencies, scheduled for 2022 in Marrakech and which will be hosted by the MAP, as well as the organization of workshops. training in all media areas for journalists in ICESCO Member States, especially in Africa. The agreement also encompasses cooperation in the field of publishing in paper and digital formats, and dissemination on the media of both parties, as well as cooperation in the holding of international media conferences, in addition to publication and dissemination. production of media materials. With regard to coordination and monitoring, a joint commission will be formed to monitor and supervise all the related implementation stages, including the development of a results-based action plan, an implementation schedule. implementation of projects and related means, as well as the drafting and presentation of periodic reports to the officials of both parties on the progress of the implementation of the agreement and the evaluation of its projects. Speaking in a statement to the continuous news channel “M24”, Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi affirmed that the agreement signed with ICESCO is a strategic agreement of crucial importance, indicating that this partnership will not only open the agency to international activities of ICESCO, but will at the same time allow ICESCO to support a certain number of MAP activities internationally, in particular towards African press agencies and also everything related to the fight against fake news and the training of journalists, in Morocco or Africa. The Director General of the MAP also underlined that the ICESCO “demonstrates, through this convention, its concrete and real desire to be present in the information sector in Africa, through the MAP, and in the direction of our colleagues. Africans, so that we can have better journalism, better verified information, and better professional practice ”, arguing that this, coming from ICESCO“ encourages us, gives us motivation, and allows us to consider the future of this cooperation with great serenity ”. For his part, the Director General of ICESCO expressed his joy at signing this agreement between the Organization and the MAP, known for its credibility in the publication of information, not only at the local level, but also at the regional and international levels. , where the agency occupies an important place. “This agreement aims to strengthen the publication of accurate and verified information, and move away from fake news disseminated by social networks or others”, he noted, adding that the objective of this agreement is to strengthen the cooperation with the MAP, through the training of journalists, particularly in Africa, through the organization of conferences and workshops. Mr. El Malek also expressed his wish to make this agreement a start in the dissemination of ICESCO news to the whole world, hoping that it will be a springboard towards the signing of other agreements with other agencies. press release from the Islamic world.