Following Guinea’s absence due to an Ebola epidemic during the 43rdmeeting of the Francophone Press Union (UPF) held in Dakar (Senegal) in 2014, UPF- Guinea, Ibrahima Koné announced on Tuesday (September 12th), during a press conference, the holding in Conakry of the 46thsession of the international organization from September 20 to 27, 2017.
According to Mr. Koné, this is an opportunity that Guinean journalists must use to draw the rich experiences of personalities from other countries, in order to restore the image of the Guinean press. “I am pleased that our country is hosting this 46th edition of the Union of the French-speaking press, which is an event that will bring together eminent personalities from the international media, after the one we missed in Dakar in 2014 because of the Ebolaepidemic.”
He urged Guinean journalists to “seize this opportunity to benefit from it, but also and above all to accompany us for the success of the event which will bring together about 300 journalists and media executives and more than 50 countries of the world which are expected. “
Speaking of the level of preparations for this event, Ibrahima Koné is already very satisfied with the personal commitment of President Alpha Condé and his government for their support since the announcement of the news.
As for UPF General Secretary Jean Kouchner, he reiterated Guinea’s choice to host this 46th session, which he said was explained by a sign of solidarity with Guineans who missed the Dakar meeting in 2014. “The choice of Guinea is reflected not only in a thought towards the Guinean authorities for the reasons of the epidemic that hit the country in 2014, affecting their participation in the Dakar session in the Senegalese capital, but also and above all by the commitment of President Ibrahima Koné who expressed the desire to offer this international event for his country during the meeting last year in Madagascar. Beyond all this, we have ambitions for this country that we will develop throughout this foundation for the interest of Guinean journalists, “said Mr. Kouchner.