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Africa Regional Conference on Freedom of Information

Abuja to host Africa conference on FOI implementation - Nigerian Non-Governmental Organisation Media Rights Agenda (MRA) will host a two-day Africa Regional Conference on Freedom of Information (FOI) Implementation 18-19 March in the nation's capital, Abuja.

According to the NGO, the conference is to design strategies for enhancing the effectiveness of access to information laws on the continent.

MRA said in a statement made available to PANA here Friday that the Conference would bring together over 100 Freedom of Information stakeholders, including civil society organisations, media stakeholders, public institutions and FOI oversight bodies, from across Africa.

'It will provide a platform where experience from different countries on the implementation of Freedom of Information laws can be shared; assess the level of implementation of existing Freedom of Information laws in the different countries that already have access to information legislation; identify and discuss the challenges of implementation in the different countries and discuss ways in which the challenges have been addressed: this will give the Nigerian participants an opportunity to learn from these experiences,' it said.

The theme of the Conference is “Advancing Freedom of Information Implementation on the African Continent”. It is supported by the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD II) Project, a joint donor-funded project managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in support of deepening democracy in Nigeria.

It is funded with contributions from the European Union (EU), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and UNDP.

MRA said the Conference would end with a broad strategy document incorporating the roles and approaches of various stakeholders in the implementation of FOI Laws.

Pana 16/03/2014