Kenya Wildlife Service Corporate Communications Manager Paul Udoto.

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) official is among five key speakers at a high level pan-African broadcasters’ meeting being held in Marrakech, Morocco this week.

Paul Udoto, the KWS Corporate Communications Manager, left for the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) symposium on Monday night where he will speak on the theme: Using New Media Technologies to Push Critical Media and Development Issues to the Fore in 21st Century Africa. This will be part of the 12th AUB General Assembly, which will end on March 29.

Specifically, Udoto will present on the topic “New Media: Empowering Natural Resource Conservation and Protection in Africa.”

Other speakers at the symposium include Steven Kapoloma (Malawi), Adetola Kayode (Nigeria), Bamai Namata (Cameroon) and Marc Saikali, (France) who will talk about other new media trends and implications.

AUB, which is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, is a professional body composed of the national radio and television organisations of African states that deals with all aspects of broadcasting in Africa. Its tasks include the promotion of cooperation and exchange of information between the members, the representation of interests of its affiliates and the coordination of activities.

AUB was created on October 30, 2006 during the 43rd and final session of the General Assembly of the Union of National Radio and Television of Africa (URTNA) in Abuja, Nigeria. From that day, the organization was transformed into a new African Union called the African Union of Broadcasting Union (AUB/UAR). This year’s AUB General Assembly will be marked by talk on “Old and New Media and their Influences on the African Audiovisual Industry.”

Udoto is a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programme alumni and spent one-year of professional enrichment and leadership development at the Arizona State University’s (ASU) Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix City.

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Information, Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru recently appointed him to the 15-member taskforce to advise the government on ways to improve its information and public communication and how to align these functions with emerging public sector dynamics and expectations.

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