THE GHANA Journalist Association (GJA) has held an orientation workshop with journalists on the coverage of development of the Ghanaian private sector.
The workshop which is under the project dubbed: ‘Using The Media To Raise Comprehensive Coverage of Challenges Facing The Ghanaian Private Sector’ is to excite the media to show greater interests in the development of the private sector, and thus to highlight the key challenges of the sector in a consistent and comprehensive manner.
Speaking at the workshop, the GJA President, Affail Monney, said the project aims at establishing various platforms for operators in the private sector to interact with public officials for the articulation of their concerns and to get the needed responses.
He further mentioned that the project would also serve as a strategic platform for promoting specialisation in the area of private sector development in business, finance and economic journalism in general.
‘It will further serve the purpose of improving interaction, contacts cooperation and consensus building between operators of private sector and public officials,’ he said.
Mr Monney also emphasized that the decision of the GJA to advocate the development of the private sector is to build on the experiences of the two previous projects to sustain the interest of the media with regards to the larger economy.
In his keynote address, Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Ekwow Spio-Gabrah, charged the media to convert the attention they give politicians to private sectors, and he believes that would help the private sector to grow since it is the engine of growth to every economy.
He further urged the GJA to encourage journalists to patronise made-in-Ghana clothing which the ministry is trying to promote.
By Sarah Cobbinah, Felix Aboakye & Fati Bunyamin
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