AMARC11 - Ghana welcomes the 11th International Conference of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters

Montreal, August 10, 2015. More than 260 participants from nearly 50 different countries, from all continents, met in Accra, Ghana on the occasion of the 11th International Conference of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) since this morning and until August 14 at the invitation of the Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN).

The opening ceremony gave way to traditional dances of Ghana and the voices of the communities that highlighted the richness of culture and oral tradition of the host country.

In her opening speech, the President of AMARC, Maria Pía Matta, recalled the challenges that AMARC must confront in a world of changes: modernization of the structure, effectiveness towards members and cohesion among the regions to reach a stronger, more transparent organization.

Mr. Bukar Tijani, Regional Director for Africa of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) addressed the participants to strengthen the ongoing partnership between FAO and AMARC their common struggles to promote food security and sustainable development of societies, in which the proximity and community radio stations play a key role. This partnership should be based on closer relations so that policies and global strategies are tailored to projects and needs encountered in the field.

Mr. Ato Sarpong, Deputy Minister of Communications of Ghana, addressed the crucial issue of digitization of radio spectrum and of community radio in a new digital environment. Communication rights are universal rights and community radio stations must engage in the defense of this process.

The 11th International Conference of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) continues until 14 August.

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