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China pledges more support to African journalists

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The Chinese Government has said it will continue offering capacity building programmes to media practitioners in Africa.

Vice President of Academy of International Business Officials (Aibo) in China’s Ministry of Commerce, Chuaniming Zou, made the remarks in Beijing on Monday during a closing ceremony of 2016 seminar for information officers and journalists from Anglo-phone Africa.

“We will offer more opportunities for people in Africa. Each year, we have many programmes like this one. We also have post-graduate programmes for those in the media profession. The programmes run from one to three years,” he said.

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The ministry organised the seminar through the training centre of China International Publishing Group (CIPG).

CIPG Assistant Director, Lijun Zhao, said the media is crucial in the promotion of relationship between China and African countries.

“The media can play an important role in enhancing understanding between China and Africa. It is important in carrying forward our mutual understanding. I hope through our joint efforts, people will know more about China, about Africa,” Lijun said.

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Jacob Nankhonya, who spoke on behalf of Malawi representatives, said what the group has seen in China is worth emulating.

“We have learnt a lot in this seminar. We have appreciated development that is taking place in this country. This is something Malawi must emulate. We will share our experiences with Malawians through what we will write so that the country can also move with China in as far as development is concerned,” Nankhonya said.

During the two-week seminar, among others, the participants had lectures on a number of areas including the Chinese Dream and the Belt Road initiative, the development of China and Africa Relations, internet development in China, and China’s new media landscape.

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