INA helps the audiovisual heritage in Africa

INA helps the audiovisual heritage conservation in eight Western Africa countries

Since 2014, INA works with the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) for the drafting and implementation of a legal directive establishing an audiovisual legal deposit in its eight member states (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea- Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo). The 1st of December 2018, the adoption of the directive was formalized.

The audiovisual legal deposit


The audiovisual legal deposit is a legal framework ensuring the collection of audiovisual documents by the States, for conservation, research or educational purposes. Thanks to the directive adopted by the WAEMU, the radio and television programmes, and then, films and audiovisual videos and documents will be saved. In France, in 1992, INA was entrusted with the national audiovisual legal deposit. Every day since then, INA realizes the collection, the documentation, the archiving, and the access of the main french radio and television public and private channels, representing more than a million hour each year and a total amount of about 18 million hours.

The directive

INA shared this experience with the WAEMU for the conception of its audiovisual legal deposit directive. The legislative process began in 2014 with the “Capital numérique” project implemented by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, with the support the European Union and the ACP Group of States (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific states). The 11th of September 2015, the WAEMU Minsters of Culture approved the directive. Finally, the 21st of September 2018, the directive has been adopted during the statutory meeting of the Council of Ministers.

Achievement and opportunities

Following the enactment of the directive, it would be enforced within two years in each WAEMU states. The audiovisual heritage of these eight countries, constituting almost 112 million inhabitants, would be preserved and used for creation, education or research purposes. In this perspective, INA is willing to continue its work with WAEMU, providing technical support and delivering training activities for the African professionals who will be in charge of the operational implementation of the legal deposit.

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