Government asked to retool state media with technological devices

By
Dzifa Azumah/A.B. Kafui Kanyi/Stephen Asante, GNA, Courtesy Ministry of
Commerce, People’s Republic of China

Chengdu (China), Sept.
23, GNA – Government has been advised to invest in the development of
Information Technology (IT) infrastructure for the state media to enhance their
efficiency and improve communication between government and the people.

“We are in the
information age and I believe such investment has become imperative to put the
state media agencies in a better position to compete favourably with their
contemporaries in the advanced countries,” Ms. Xianghe Ling,
Administrator, Cover News, a subsidiary of Sichuan Newspaper Industry Group, a
leading media organization in China has urged.

She said this when
some Ghanaian media professionals visited her outfit as part of a month
training in modern trends of Journalism facilitated by the Ministry of Information
and the China International Publishing Group (CIPG) Training Center, sponsored
by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM).

Ms Ling said it was
important that government information kept flowing with regular feedback from
the people thus the need to strengthen the state media to rally the people for
purposeful rapid socioeconomic development.

She said government
information ought to reach the underprivileged at the countryside to keep the
citizenry abreast with developments in the country and reiterated the need for
ICT support for the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
(GBC) and the Information Services Department (ISD).

Ms Ling said the
Chinese Central Government for instance was currently embarking on an
Artificial Intelligence (AI) programme to use robotics for news gathering in
hard-to-reach areas of China.

She said the
initiative was part of a comprehensive plan by government to expand the scope
of information dissemination and ensured that people at the countryside were
carried along.

Mr Kofi Ohene Benning,
Acting Director in-charge of Human Resource at the Minstry of Information, who
led the media team, indicated that since Ghana’s independence in 1957, the
three main agencies under the Ministry – GNA, GBC and the Information ISD had
spearheaded information dissemination to help educate the people on development
issues.

The Cover News
Newspaper was established in 2015 by the Chinese Government to provide
up-to-date information on development issues to the masses via online.

GNA

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