CHINA and Africa have unanimously agreed to deepen comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnerships in news coverage and content production, among others, in order to deliver joint voices in addressing issues on major regions and international affairs.
At the Fourth Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation held here yesterday, the 45 African countries and China, agreed to continue conducting in-depth exchanges on China-Africa media policies, discourse right and media digitisation.
Tanzania was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Ms Susan Mlawi and the Assistant Director of the Information Services, MAELEZO, Ms Zamaradi Kawawa.
Other participants from Tanzania were Mr Rodney Mbuya from MAELEZO, Ms Martha Swai and Upendo Mbelle both from Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) and Mr Wasiwasi Mwabulambo from Azam Media Ltd.
The one-day meeting aimedat publicizing the outcomes of the 2015 Johannesburg Summit of the China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and facilitate 2018 Beijing Summit and further promote the win-win cooperation and common development in media sector.
In the joint statement, both sides agreed on further deepening exchanges and cooperation through intensification of policy dialogue, accurate and panoramic coverage of China-Africa cooperation and actively promoting and covering the Beijing Summit of 2018 FOCAC slated for September.
The forum participants also consented to move forward the connectivity between Belt and Road Initiative and the 2063 Agenda by African Union as well as providing impetus for the winwin cooperation between Chinese and African media.
“It was unanimously agreed at the forum that under the context of continuously deepening China- Africa media cooperation and coexistence of both challenges and opportunities in the area of media convergence, China-Africa media exchanges and cooperation are more complementary and mutual beneficial while the demand for indepth cooperation is more urgent,” reads part of the joint statement.
Officiating at the opening of the forum, the Chinese Minister for National Radio and Television Administration, Mr Nie Chenxi, said China-Africa Media Cooperation Forum has become an important platform for media administrative authorities to carry out policy dialogues and deepen pragmatic cooperation between China and African countries since its establishment in 2012.
“It has played a positive role in promoting cultural and people to people exchanges and enhancing the traditional friendship between China and African countries,” Mr Nie noted.
He added that the forum remained an important platform to present the achievements of the exchanges and cooperation between the media organisations from China and Africa and marking a new starting point for planning and future development.
In an interview with the ‘Daily News’ on the sidelines of the forum, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Ms Susan Mlawi said the cooperation between Tanzanian and Chinese media was vital as it gives a room for promoting and sharing of development experience in media operation, programme production, technical services and talent training.