Ghana and China media professionals urged to collaborate

By Dzifa
Azumah, A. B. Kafui Kanyi, Stephen Asante, GNA-Special report from Beijing,
China, Courtesy of the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China

Beijing, China, Sept 24, GNA – Mr Li Hengtian,
Deputy Director of the China International Publishing Group Training Center
(CIPG), has called on the Media of both Ghana and China to act as the bridge
for the two countries to promote exchange programmes.

He said reports by journalists act as the
mirror for citizens of other countries to desire to visit another country, and
that, such reports were used as a yardstick to judge if the countries were
promoting peace and development.

“If your reports are good, bringing out the
cultural values and mirroring the happenings in the country, it will promote
tourism, education, industralisation and exchange programmmes among others,
between our countries.”

Mr Li was speaking to 19 Ghanaian media
professionals at the just ended 2018 seminar programme in China.

The 2018 Seminar for Media Professional from
Ghana, organized by the CIPG with support from the Ministry of Commerce of the
People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM), held in Beijing, China, aimed at enhancing
friendship and cooperation between Ghana and China and also promoting human resource
development as well as social and economic development.

The major activities of the training included
lecturers, workshops, study tour and excursions.

Topics discussed related to China’s
development, its social and economic policies and measures, especially the
achievements and lessons learned since China’s reform and opening-up as well as
topics that related to the economic and social relations of both Ghana and

Mr. Li said the media could really play a role
in the socio-economic development of any country, and in the same way, they
could destroy the development progress based on the kind of news the churn out.

He said he believed China, as a country, had
made progress with its development, despite criticism from outside media,
adding that, “We insisted on our own way of development. No matter how doubtful
others see China’s development, we believe we have made progress with our own media
projecting the development agenda. After 49 years of closing up to the rest of
the world, we have made great achievement in our own way”.

He urged Ghanaians to uphold the peace
prevailing in the country, saying, “Peace and development is how the world can
progress today and I believe Ghana and China share that view”.

“We want to cooperate. Nevertheless, we will
respect the difference,” Mr Li said, and also praised Ghana’s rich culture.

He urged African countries to develop their
own political system, with the media pushing the agenda for progress.

“I believe in the future of Ghana-China
development because we need each other for progress,” Mr Li said, adding, “The
role of media professionals from Ghana is not different from the role of the
Chinese media. The functions are the same, therefore, there is a responsibility
for all media professionals and we need to make the bridges for the country to
country exchanges to be a reality”.

Mr. Jin Xupeng, a training supervisor of the
Department of International Communication Center, Beijing, China, called on the
media to work together to enhance the friendship between Ghana and China.

He called for more cooperation between the
media of Ghana and China by way of exchanging news.

Mr. Kofi Ohene Benning, Assistant Human
Resource Director of the Ministry of Information, who led the media
professionals to the seminar in China, recounting the stay said, “We have
experienced new media technology and we have explored China’s tourism sites,
and we have been exposed to more than our expectation.”

He expressed appreciation to the Chinese media
houses and training team for their hospitality and assistance throughout the
training programmme.


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