The training and education course for journalists from African countries has begun in Beijing (People’s Republic of China). The course has brought together around 31 professionals from Benin, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Burundi, Senegal, Tunisia and Madagascar.
On 7th July the course was officially opened with a ceremony overseen by the Director Communication and Training Centre from the International Group in China (CIPG), Fan Fen, who in her speech, underlined the fact that the course will allow a sharing of experiences in the communications media sector between the two regions.
She also said that the presence of African journalists in China was an opportunity to present the new vision of the journalism sector in China, and to evaluate the work of the press and the CIPG group, with the aim of strengthening cooperation with African press.
Fang Fen also spoke about the work responsibilities of the press, the influence of western press, and she recalled that the press plays an important role in the development of countries and the world in general, and thus the work of journalists should always focus on reality.
The Director of the CIPG concluded by saying that “despite the evolution of good relations between Africa and China, the African press are still not playing the role they should be”.
Another of the aims of the course is to promote the training plan for human resources which has already been announced by the President, H. E. Xi Jinping.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea