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 BPN Newsletter Issue No 21, December 1997 


APNET General Council Meeting, Bamako, July 1997

The African Publishers Network (APNET) held its third General Council Meeting in Bamako, Mali in July 1997. The theme of the meeting was strengthening indigenous publishing through national publishers associations (NPAs). This capacity building formed the main focus of the activities for the next programme cycle, 1997-2000, proposed by the Board and given general approval by the General Council subject to the availability of funds. The Executive Secretary, Gillian Nyambura, defined the guiding principles for the programme as collective action and long-term sustainability for African publishing, and set out APNET's key activities for the period: capacity building through support to NPAs; training; trade promotion, information, research and documentation, and international networking.

During the meeting APNET and UNESCO signed the contract formalising their partnership in the KAWI Science for Africa Project, which aims to promote science reading among teenagers in Africa through the production of popular science materials in English, French and Portuguese.

The meeting confirmed Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger as new APNET members, bringing the total to 27, and approved a revised constitution. A new board was elected, following the voluntary retirement of Henry Chakava, Djibril Faye, Jane Katjavivi and Chief Victor Nwankwo, who stepped down after serving as chairperson for the five years since APNET was founded.

The new Board is chaired by Richard Crabbe. James Tumusiime is vice chairperson and Hamidou Konate is treasurer. Regional representatives are (with their home countries in brackets): Dr Medani Ahmed (Sudan), North Africa; Richard Crabbe (Ghana), Anglophone West Africa; Hamidou Konate (Mali), Francophone Africa; Samuel Matola (Mozambique), Lusophone Africa; Tsidi Moshoeshoe-Chadzwinga (Lesotho), southern Africa; Ngandu Tshimanga (Cameroon), central Africa; James Tumusiime (Uganda), East Africa.

A full report of the General Council Meeting appears in African Publishing Review Vol. 6 No. 4. [end] [BPN, no 21, 1997, p 5.]

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