By: Haileegziabher Adhanom, Secretary General, ESJA
Johannesburg, South Africa, November 29, 2018 – World’s football governing body, organizes a daylong, ‘FIFA Development Forum, for African Journalists’, gathered from English speaking countries of the Continent.
FIFA’s media operations and its future steps, the aimes of its ‘FIFA forward development program’ and the challenges facing from the national associations while implementing it, are some of the topics discussed during the forum.
MS. Joyce Cook, FIFA’s chief member associations, said that “the ‘FIFA Forward’ program is a flagship football development program of its president Gianni Infantino, that aimed to invest more in football, at every quarter of the world, to bring more impact via tailor-made plans to meet specified needs and to put more oversite, so that all the funds are used responsibly.” and this program bring the previous 10 development programs of the organization and its six regulations to implement them, in single and comprehensive development platform.
Meanwhile Mr. Veron Mosengo-Omba, who is a Director of Member Association and Development for Africa and the Caribbean at FIFA, states that during the FIFA Forward 1.0 (2016-2018), where 800 tailor made projects completed all over the world, only 32% of the funds provided for African countries were utilized, more than 20 countries do not even submit the proposal for FIFA to access there funds to develope football in their respective countries. Mr. Veron stressed that this was mainly happened due to luck of capacity in member association to provide documents and apply to get it.
But he also said that. FIFA believed this will be improved, when its subsequent FIFA Forward 2.0 (2019-2022) development program starts. Where every national association entitled to have Six million US dollar in a quartet, for their operational costs and Two million US dollars for Taylor-made football development projects during the same period.
It has been also discussed about the importance of establishing the team dedicated, specifically to African football in its media operations.
It is confirmed that, 28 journalists from 15 English Speaking African Countries were participated, in today’s semi-continental forum, organized by FIFA’s Member Associations Division, Media relations and its regional office in Johannesburg, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rosebank.
Another phase of this training will be held in December 05, 2018 at Lomé, Togo, for French speaking African Countries Journalists