Beijing — Fifteen Botswana journalists are in China, Beijing for the 2019 seminar for journalists.
The seminar which started on July 18 and expected to end on August 8 is at the invitation of the Chinese government and hosted by China International Publishing Group (CIPG).
Participating journalists are from both government and private media mainly BGCIS, Botswana Television, Radio Botswana, DailyNews, Gazette, Weekend Post, Business Weekly and Review as well as the Argus online.
Welcoming participants, CIPG deputy director Mr Dawei Liu said over the years, Botswana and China had established relations in the areas of trade, health and education. With focus on education, he said there had been a notable increase of Batswana who had studied in China through the sponsorship of the Chinese government.
Mr Lui said the sponsorship had been extended to cover other areas such as the media as demonstrated by the participating media houses at the seminar.
He said the two countries would continue to strengthen the cooperation which dates back to 1978 for the benefit of the communities.
He therefore encouraged members of the media to be objective in their reporting and to make effort in supporting endeavours of the two countries in the development of their people.
On behalf of the participants, BGCIS deputy director -Media relations Ms Osesenaqa Lekgoko hailed the seminar as an opportunity to learn and explore specific areas related to the media industry that would improve how both the private and government media had been operating.
"This is very important for us in Botswana as our government is continuously looking for ways in which the private sector can grow to be at the fore of economic growth of our country and from China we can learn a lot," she said.
She said the seminar comes on the heels of the recently held Africa-China summit where the Chinese Government committed US$ 60 billion for development in African countries as well as writing-off multiple debts of several African countries including Botswana.
Ms Lekgoko further observed that the growth of China as a country was a testimony that commitment to infrastructural development directly impacted the lives of ordinary people. "We look forward to learning from you on how you have attained your great success. We believe that there is a lot of potential and room for growth in the media industry in Botswana more so with the move to digital and online broadcast which have opened up opportunities for expansion and exploration of new ideas," she said.
She said the support that China continued to offer Botswana would help address some of the challenges of unemployment among the youth. The seminar provides a platform for discussion on China's economic, social and development policies especially achievements and lessons learned.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>