CIAM’s international alliance partner, the Pan-African Composers’ and Songwriters’ Association (PACSA) met in Algiers last week to add safe harbour, terms of protection and regional expansion to its agenda of key objectives for the coming year.
The meeting was supported by the local Algerian authors’ society l’Office National des Droits d’Auteur (ONDA) and the first point of order was for PACSA President, Sam Mbende (Cameroon) to thank them for making this important event possible. Personal thanks were also given to Sami Bencheikh el Hocine, Director General of ONDA and to Samia Slimani from the CISAC Creator Relations team, both of whom were invited to join the meeting as observers. Mr, Mbende assured ONDA of PACSA’s full support going forward and in return, Mr. Bencheikh el Hocine confirmed ONDA’s willingness to support PACSA’s efforts and projects more broadly.
Mr. Mbende then introduced the attending members of the PACSA executive committee which included Jean Jacques Arjoon (Mauritius), Raphael Gomado (Togo), Lesley Luthuli (South Africa) and Chimwemwe Mhango (Malawi) before presenting two guests: Ismail Menkari, Director General of the Moroccan Copyright Office, and Algerian composer, Kouider Bouziane.
Mr. Menkari pledged his support for future PACSA activities and meetings in Morocco and offered to assist in facilitating the administrative procedures for such events, particularly in obtaining visas with the support of the King.
Mr. Bouziane then shared his desire to exchange information on the issues of the music repertoire in Algeria and made a formal offer to help contribute to PACSA’s development. Mr. Mbende extended an invitation for him to officially join the ExCo and following a vote, Mr. Bouziane was unanimously elected a member.