On the 11th of September, 2015, the UEMOA adopted the first ever directive regarding the saving of audiovisual patrimony in Africa and this is the first worldwide initiative of its kind.
From now, the 8 countries of the UEMOA (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo) have a two-year delay to include the audiovisual law, into their national legislation. This legal framework will allow the countries to check the collection, the conservation and the consultation of audiovisual material for research, teaching or education. This directive has to do with TV, radio programmes, cinematographic and multimedia content. This law will allow these countries to set up a proper archiving policy. It is the right time for the process with the transition to numerical broadcasting and the technical evolution, which can make storage easier and more economic, with a legal framework and a political context. The writing of this directive has been made possible thanks to the “Digital Capital” project, implemented by the OIF ( International Francophony Organisation), funded by the European Union and supported by ACP group of states. The elaboration of this law was made in 2014 with the participation of INA (National Institute for Audiovisuals), french experts, who comprise the most advanced organization in the world, in terms of legal tabling, considering the fact that they manage around 120 radio and TV channels on a daily basis. This directive has been adopted at a meeting between 24 experts and 8 Culture Secretaries of the UEMOA, which took place in Dakar from the 8th to11th of September. At the same time, they used this opportunity to approve several law texts, on the harmonization of copyrights and the legal framework of the production and the circulation and conservation of images in the 8 countries.
Source : Images Francophones, english translation by Mokolo, September 22nd, 2015