African Union of Broadcasting

11th General Assembly

From 12 to 16 March 2018
Kigali, Rwanda

Cover Picture: Kigali Convention Center

The African Union of Broadcasting’s 11th Ordinary Session of the General Assembly will take place at the Kigali Convention Centre from 12 to 16 March 2018, under the effective authority of His Excellency Paul KAGAME, President of the Republic of Rwanda and Head of State. The works of Kigali will welcome Ministers of Communication of the member countries of AUB’s Executive Council, Regulators, Scholars, Directors General of the African audiovisual media, SG, and Presidents of other Broadcasting Unions across the world.

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Add to My Calendar 2018-03-12 08:00:00 2018-03-016 21:00:00 Europe/London 11th Assembly General The African Union of Broadcasting’s 11th Ordinary Session of the General Assembly, under the effective authority of His Excellency Paul KAGAME, President of the Republic of Rwanda and Head of State. Kigali, Rwanda African Union of Broadcasting


Christopher Limmer

Senior VP, Commercial Development and Strategic Partnerships, Eutelsat

Ibrahima Sy Savané

Expert en Communication, Côte d'Ivoire

Abdoul Aziz Dieng

Technical Adviser Ministry of Culture, Senegal

Salim Cheikh


Ahmad Ahmad

CAF President

Tewfik Kheladi



Chargé des Relations Studio-Tech


Business Manager EBU

Jean-Marc Belchi

Directeur Développement France Médias Monde


12th March 2018
08:00 - 09:30Arrival of participants
09:30 - 10:30Opening Ceremony
Speech of Rwanda Broadcasting Agency
Speech of Smart Africa
Speech of AUB President
Speech of Official Authority
10:00 - 11:30Coffee break
10:30 - 11:45Presentation of the Forum by AUB CEO
11:45 - 12:00Keynote on the presentation of the Forum’s problematic: Professor Gervais Mbarga
12:00-12:30Intervention of the CAF President, Mr Ahmad Ahmad
12:30- 13:15National experiences, 10 minutes per country
NB: An Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council will take place in a different arena while these presentations are going on)
Minister in charge of communication -Botswana
Minister in charge of communication-Cameroon
Minister in charge of communication-Ghana
Minister in charge of communication-Kenya,
Minister in charge of communication-Mali
Minister in charge of Culture- Senegal
13:15 - 13:30Press Conference by CAF President
13:30 -14:30Lunch
14:30 - 15:30Creation of Workshops
Technological stakes and national formatting
Economic and Commercial stakes
Contents and Cultural Stakes
Political, Legal, Cooperation and Financial stakes
15:30- 16:30Round table: What went wrong?
Jean-Marc Belchi, Development Director, France Médias Monde
Cameroun Expert
Dr Chawki Sakhnine (Algeria)
European Broadcasting Union Expert (EBU)
Zambia Expert (ZNBC)
Côte d’Ivoire Expert (RTI)
16:30- 17:00Coffee Break
17:00- 18:00Theme 1: Technological stakes of DTT in Africa
Dr Chawki Sakhnine (Algeria)
Minister in charge of Communication- Morocco
ITU Expert
Eutelsat Expert
Smart Africa Expert
European Broadcasting Union Expert (EBU)
18:00 - 21:00Diner offered by RBA
13th March 2018
08:00 - 09:30workshops
09:30 - 10:30Theme 2: Economic and Commercial stakes
Minister in charge of communication - Nigeria
CANAL+ Expert
Smart Africa
Startimes Expert
10:30- 11:00Coffee break
11:00- 12:00Theme 3: Contents and Cultural stakes
Minister in charge of communication- Cameroun
Minister in charge of communication –Gabon
Minister in Charge of Culture, Mr Abdoulatif Coulibaly
Wongibe Emmanuel (CRTV)
Ghana Expert (GBC)
Smart Africa
Mactar Silla (Label TV)
Fares Akkad, (Facebook)
12:00 - 13:00Theme 4: Socio-political and Legal Stakes
Minister in charge of communication -Senegal
Ibrahine Sy Savane
Ousmane….. (Niger)
RIARC President
Amadou Diop-CNRA
Regulator (Morocco)
Giacomo Mazzone (EBU)
13:00 - 14:30Lunch
14:30 - 15:30Workshop
16:00Closing Ceremony
Reading of minutes, recommendations and resolutions of workshop
Reading of general report. Content: summary of the works and principal conclusion
Publication of a Kigali Declaration
Closing Speech
18:00End of session
15th March 2018
08:00 - 09:00Registration of participants
09:00 - 10:00Opening ceremony presided over by Rwandan official Authority
Speech of RBA CEO, Mr Arthur Asiimwe
Speech of the President of AUB, Mr Kwame Akuffo Anoff Ntow
Speech of the OIF- Mr Tidiane Dioh
Speech of the Rwanda Official Authority
10:00 - 11:30Coffee break
10:30 - 10:45Adoption of the draft agenda
10:45 - 11:15Messages : Eutelsat, France Media Monde, Côte Ouest, VidéoShip, Saint Siége, ASBU, ABU, EBU and WIPO
11:15 - 11:30Adoption of the 10th session of the GA report
11:30 - 12:00Presentation of the Union’s activities
12:00 - 12:15Review of the auditor’s 2016 financial report
12:15 - 14:00Presentation of the 2018 planned budget
12:45 - 14:00Lunch Break
14:006 14:30Iimplementation of “One Minute” project by Cédric Aoun, DG MCNC
14:30 - 16:00Symposium on “African audiovisual media and the migratory question”
Presented by :
Mr. Mactar Silla,CEO of Label TV - Gabon
The Ambassador of the European Union
The Representant of OIM
Moderator :
Mr. Arthur Assimwe, CEO of RBA
Panelists :
Mr. Ahmadou Bakayoko, CEO of RTI - Cote d’Ivoire
The Representant of OIF
Mr Kwame Akuffo Anoff Ntow, AUB President & CEO of GBC
Mr. Seydou Ousmane, CEO of ORTN – Niger
Mr. Mohamed Ayad, CEO of SNRT – Maroc
The Ambassador of the European Union - Rwanda
Rwandan University (designated by RBA)
16:00 - 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:00Presentation of AUB “Rise and Shine Africa” project by Jean-Luc Gnakouri, RTI
19:00 - 21:00Gala Dinner offered by FRANCE MEDIA MONDE at Lemigo Hotel
16th March 2018
08:30 - 09:30Symposium on: « Copyright and Contribution to contents Financing »
Presented by :
- Mrs Carole Croella of WIPO
- Mr. Javad Motaghi, Secretary General - ABU
- Mrs Carole Croella – WIPO
- Mrs Keiterele Mathapi, CEO of DBS – Botswana
- Mr. Aziz Dieng, Vice-president SCCR – Senegal
- Mr. Zakaria HACHLAF, SNRT – Maroc
- Cameroun
- Mrs. Sharma Seemantani, ABU
09:30 - 10:00Presentation of “AUB Production fund”
10:00 - 10:30Coffee break
10:30 - 11:30Symposium on: « Sporting Rights »
Presented by :
- Mr gregoir Ndjaka, AUB CEO
Moderator :
- Racine Talla, CEO of RTS - Senegal
Panelists :
- M. Kwame Akuffo Anoff Ntow, CEO of GBC - Ghana
- M. Muhammad Labbo, NTA – Nigéria
- M. Tewfik Khelladi, CEO of ENTV – Algérie
- M. Zakaria Hachlaf, SNRT – Maroc
- M. Ahmad Ahmad, President of AFCON
11:30 - 11:45Presentation of AUB Network Exchange Program (VIDEOSHIP)
11:45 - 12:00Presentation of NHK
12:00 - 12:15Live U presentation to the “ALIVE” project by Charles Gorkum
12:15 - 12:30Presentation of Eutelsat on “AUB Bouquet” by Ivan Reuter
12:30 - 12:45Presentation by EBU
12:45 - 14:00Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:30Election of the Executive Board
14:30 - 14:45Other Matters
14:45 - 15:00Date and venue of the 13th General Assembly
17:00 - 18:00End of the session and Final Communiqué
18:30 - 21:00Gala Dinner offered by COTE OUEST AUDIOVISUEL at Lemigo Hotel



12th – 16th March 2018

  • Official representatives and experts holding Diplomatic passport, Service Passport or Laissez-passer of the AU, UN traveling to Rwanda to attend the summit will be issued with a free visa upon arrival.
  • Delegates from African Member States traveling with ordinary passport will be issued with a visa upon arrival at the cost of 30 US Dollars.
  • All citizens of the world are issued visa upon arrival at all border posts without prior application. For further information on the Rwandan new visa regime, please check the following site:
  • Due to the recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the region, the Rwandan Ministry of Health requires all travelers coming from countries that are endemic to Yellow Fever to produce proof of vaccination at border posts.
  • Delegates without proof of vaccination will be immunized at airport clinic at a cost of 40 US Dollars.
  • To facilitate delegates, there will be ushers at the main arrival terminal at Kigali international Airport.
  • For a smooth protocol, we would kindly request for flights details and accommodation plan from each delegate.
  • Ushers will attend to the delegates from the terminal, until they pick up their luggage and head to their respective hotels.
  • Guests departing from Kigali International Airport will also be facilitated.
Lost Luggage
  • In the eventuality that delegates lose their luggage, a dedicated lost luggage desk will assist delegates. Delegates can choose to have their luggage delivered at their hotels for a fee of 20 US Dollars or to collect it at the airport at no cost.
  • Delegates will be transported from the airport through RBA or hotel shuttles. Ushers will provide necessary assistance.
  • Transportation from hotels to the event venue will be provided at specific times, which will be communicated.  This transportation is provided only to delegates hosted in recommended hotels, herein listed below, under accommodation information.
  • Airport taxis are also available. Prices vary from 15 USD to 20 USD
  • Recommended official hotels are: Radisson Blu, Lemigo and Marriott.
  • For delegates who will be staying in other hotels apart from recommended official hotels listed above, will cater for their own transportation to and fro the event venue.
  • Upon arrival and until departure, a car will be provided to each Minister.
  • Upon arrival and until departure, the Minister will be facilitated with a liaison person.
  • The delegation accompanying the Minister will be transported by RBA or hotel shuttle as herein stated above.
  • During the summit, delegates will be provided with break tea/coffee and lunch.
  • Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) will host a welcome reception on the evening of 12th March 2018.
  • On 15th and 16th March, there will be Gala Dinners for delegates  at Lemigo Hotel offered by France Media Monde and Cote ouestAudiovisuel respectively
  • The delegate will cater for their own dinner expenses at their respective hotels throughout the summit period
  • There will be no medical services available at the venue. Delegates are advised to seek treatment at one of the following hospitals:
    • King Faysal Hospital: +250 788307561
    • Centre HospitalierUniversitaire de Kigali/CHUK: +250 788868240
    • Kanombe Military Hospital: +250 788305703
General Health Tips:
  • Maintain strict hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating. Take along your supply of pocket sized hand sanitizers (it should contain at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid close body contact or contact with blood or body fluids of a person presenting unusual symptoms. If this happens accidentally, wash immediately with water and soap and report promptly to the medical team.
  • If you find someone presenting unusual symptoms, please contact 912 or 1112 or report the incident immediately to nearest medical team.
  • Kigali is a clean city and discourages littering. Dispose your waste at designed areas at all times.
  • Eat and drink safely: Ensure that your food and water are from trusted sources and fruits are thoroughly washed before eating.
  • Comfortable clothing:  Although the temperature is projected to be friendly, the temperatures at the Summit venue may vary between 180C and 270C. Please take along comfortable clothing.
  • In case of emergency or accident, delegates should call the Emergency Medical Hotline: 912 or 1112
Pharmacy services
  • Kigali city has several pharmacies open mostly during day hours, with few others working 24/7 on rotation basis.
Information Technology

The following Rwandan mobile telecommunication service providers are available: 

  • MTN
  • Tigo
  • Airtel

Mobile telephone service providers also provide gateway to Internet using GPRS, 3G and 4G. Cell phone SIM cards are widely available; however, every SIM card user/buyer in Rwanda is expected by law to be registered for activation. The SIM card can be registered at the point of purchase.


The Unit of currency is the Rwandan Franc (RWF) that is divided into 100 centimes. Exchange rates are subject to fluctuation. Currently, 1 USD is approximately equivalent to 864 RWF.

Banking Services

Banking hours are from 08:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and from 08:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays. Banking amenities are available at all commercial banks; local and regional banks hold agreement with a variety of credit card networks:

  • VISA: Bank of Kigali, Ecobank, Equity bank, I & M bank, Kenya Commercial Bank, ACCESS bank, Banquepopulaire du Rwanda and Urwego Opportunity bank
  • MasterCard: Bank of Kigali, ACCESS bank and Equity bank
  • China Union Pay: Access bank, Equity bank and Bank of Kigali
  • Japan Credit Bureau: Equity bank
  • American Express: Equity bank and Bank of Kigali
  • Diners Club: Equity bank and Bank of Kigali

Most internationally recognised currencies and travellers’cheques can be exchanged at commercial banks, hotels and international airport. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

  • This time of year in Rwanda is the rainy season. Temperatures vary from 200 C to 260 C.
The time in Rwanda is GMT+2.
Plastic Bags

As part of an environmental protection policy, plastic bags are not allowed into Rwanda Passengers entering Kigali International Airport, or any other border posts with plastic bags are required to discard them, and are supplied with an environmentally friendly alternative at a cost ranging between $2-$6.

Electricity Supply

The power supply in Rwanda is 220/240V AC. It is advisable to bring your own round, two-prong adapter and transformer for 100V AC.

Emergency Services

In case of emergency, please refer to the telephone numbers listed below.

  • Fire Brigade (Toll Free): 111 or +250 788 311 224
  • Ambulance (Toll Free): 912
  • General Assistance: 997
Business and Shopping Hours
  • Public Offices open from 07:00 to 17:00 while business open from 8:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. Opening times on weekend for business range between 09:00 to 22:00.
  • For more practical information on Rwanda, please visit:




+221 338 21 16 25

+221 338 21 59 70

+221 338 22 51 13


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