The African Bishops of the Catholic Church have signed a strategic partnership to increase the visibility of the Catholic Church in Africa at the Vatican.
The agreement which was signed holds bond between Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and APO Group.
The aim of the partnership is to offer press relations training to the communication officers of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), as well as to all the communication officers of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa, and by enabling them to distribute their institutional press releases, images, videos (B-roll) and audio files.
Born out the will of the African bishops, SECAM is thus the Episcopal, continental structure of the Church family of God in Africa which counts 505 dioceses grouped in 38 national or inter-territorial Episcopal conferences and counts nearly 250 million Catholic faithful.
On the other hand, APO Group has partnerships with the African Broadcasting Union, the African Union Commission, as well as Bloomberg, Reuters, CNBC Africa, etc.
A copy of the agreement letter which was sighted by CEOAFRICA, indicated that APO group will provide free media relations training to communication officers of SECAM, distribution of press releases, images, videos and audio, media monitoring on each press release free of charge.
Also, the joint press release will be drafted by APO Group and submitted to SECAM for validation.
The strategic partnership takes effect on 24 May, 2022 which was the date of the signature by both parties and to last for an indefinite period. But the both parties may terminate the strategic partnership by simple email and with two month notice.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Philip Cardinal Ouedraogo, Archbishop emeritus of Ouagadougou, Most Emmaunel Badejo, President of CEPACS, MEMBER OF THE Dicastery for Communications and Bishop of Oyo state, Mr Nicolas Pompine Mognard, founder of the APO and Msgr Janvier of the Dicastery of Communication.