October 6, 2015

Aminata Lo Paye, IN CHARGE OF Cultural Affairs, WAEMU 

Legislation drafted in the framework of the "Digital Capital" project

WAEMU: adoption of the first community directive instituting the legal deposit of audiovisual material

Following the adoption of the first community directive instituting the legal deposit of audiovisual material by the Ministers for Culture and consultants from the eight Member States of the WAEMU, (the West African Economic and Monetary Union) on September 11, ACPCultures+ interviewed Aminata Lo Paye, in charge for Cultural Affairs for the Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Arts of the WAEMU. 

It should be noted that the legislation dealing with the legal deposit of audiovisual media is the legal mechanismthat allows the Member States to ensure the collection, preservation, and consultation of audiovisual material for research, teaching and education purposes. The adopted directive places particular focus on content that has been broadcast to the public, including audio, film and multimedia material. This legislation is a preliminary step in the effective implementation of a community-wide legal deposit of audiovisual material, and more broadly, in the establishment of a comprehensive archiving policy in the countries concerned. The legislation was drafted in the framework of the "Digital Capital" project, managed by the OIF, l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (the International Organisation of La Francophonie) in partnership with the INA, l'Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (the National Audiovisual Institute) and was financed by ACPCultures+. 

ACPCultures+: What does the the adoption of this directive mean to you?

Aminata Lo Paye: The adoption of the directive represents a step forward in the project of preserving and evaluating the audiovisual heritage of the WAEMU Member States, for whom the deterioration of such material places a heavy burden on the economy and represents a threat to collective memory. 

How was this collaborative work made possible?

As I mentioned earlier, the partnership between WAEMU-OIF-INA allowed this legislation to be prepared in record time. It should be noted that the OIF, through the "Digital Capital" project financed by ACP Cultures+, allowed a preliminary study which was carried out by four specialists designated by the WAEMU Commission. The directive was drafted with technical support from the INA.

How long will it take for this directive to be implemented in each Member State?

During the drafting of the directive, the Commission's legal services had advised a three-year deadline for its implementation; however, following a meeting with the Ministers for Culture and consultants, the deadline was reduced to two years on a proposal from the Member States. This is excellent news because it amounts to a commitment by the Member States to make rapid progress on this issue.

Will the Member States equip themselves with the technical and financial means to best preserve the audiovisual archives? 

That is, in any case, the commitment that they have made. The WAEMU has also committed to support this decisive phase in order to protect audiovisual heritage.



Translated by Matthew Glasgow, October 2015



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