Joint me­dia event helps open doors

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By LI JING in Tan­za­nia li­jing2009@chi­

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.”

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