Joint media event helps open doors
An ongoing China-Africa media program has given Lucas Liganga, a journalist for The Guardian in Tanzania, a new understanding of Chinese companies in Africa.
Liganga is among more than 40 reporters from over 30 media outlets in China, Tanzania and Kenya who are participating in seven days of interviews, beginning on Monday, with representatives and workers of Chinese companies in the two African countries.
Liganga, who said he previously had a somewhat negative view of Chinese enterprises because they were not very open to foreign media, said his view has changed.
After interviewing managers and workers at three Chinese companies in Tanzania, Liganga said the media in Africa should provide positive coverage of these companies.
“Chinese companies are doing serious business here, bringing us new technologies and creating jobs. My impression of Chinese and Chinese companies is very positive now,” he said.
During the event, organized by the State Council Information Office, the reporters will visit Chinese enterprises and academic institutions. These include the Sino-Africa Joint Research Center in Kenya, and CRJE East Africa, a building and civil contractor, and Sunshine Group, which facilitates trade in such areas as agriculture, livestock and construction materials, in Tanzania.
At the opening ceremony on Monday in Tanzania’s leading commercial center, Dar es Salaam, Sun Zhijun, vice-minister of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said: “Media cooperation is an important bridge for China and Africa to enhance mutual understanding and promote friendship. At the same time, stories of Chinese enterprises in Africa will bring more Chinese investment to Africa, which will promote and strengthen economic and trade cooperation between China and Africa.”
Sun introduced a threepoint proposal to open a new chapter in the China-Africa friendship, expand opportunities for media cooperation and enhance China-Africa media development.
Nape Nnauye, Tanzania’s minister of information, culture, arts and sports, said: “The media are playing an important role in bridging the gaps between the people of Africa and China.”