The 5th Forum On China-Africa Media Cooperation Is Successfully Held In Beijing
From August 25 to 26, 2022, the 5″ Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation was held in Beijing, China in a combined online/offline mode. The forum was co-hosted by the National Radio and Television Administration of China, the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality and the African Union of Broadcasting. More than 240 delegates from the government departments, media institutions, audio-video enterprises, diplomatic missions from China and 42 African countries, the African Union Commission and the African Union of Broadcasting attended the forum.
President Xi Jinping of China and President Macky Sall of Senegal sent congratulatory letters to this Forum, in which they spoke highly of the Forum s conducive role in advancing the dialogue and cooperation between Chinese and African media, promoting mutual learning between the civilizations, and deepening the China-Africa comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership. The letters will provide new impetus to China-Africa media Cooperation in the new era.
The Vice Minister of the Ministry of Information, Communication and ICT of Tanzania, threw a speech via video on the forum. He mentioned that: “As we celebrate the forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation, let’s take the opportunity to discuss and see the best we can use to enrich the existing cooperation in the media industry. I would like to use the forum to request Chinese media to give more space for African content which can promote what China can offer to Africa, and what Africa can offer to China.” He also expressed that the ministry is open for cooperation, to see the media industry for the two countries is going strong and can operate in more friendly development.
This year marks the 10 anniversary of the Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation. In deep appreciation to look back upon the fruitful results, both sides have achieved over the past decade. Government departments of both sides have established regular effective communication channels to enhance understanding of each other’s policies and ideas. Media organizations have been engaged in cooperation in news coverage and other co-productions to jointly tell stories of mutual friendship.
Translated audio-video works have been embraced by the audience, bringing the hearts of the peoples closer. The Integrated Digital Switch-over Project has been acceleratory to the development of the broadcasting sector in Africa, and a benefit to the African people.
China also carried out a series of training programs for African media professionals to share practical knowledge and strengthen personnel exchanges. Cooperations between the two sides are becoming more and more effective and expanding to greater depth and new areas, including new media and new technologies. Successful collaboration in the media field has become an integral part of the overall China-Africa cooperation, and has made vigorous contributions to the all-round development of China-Africa relations.
Being testified in high esteem that in the face of COVID-19, Chinese and African media have promptly assumed their social responsibilities and jointly carried out coverages of the fight against the pandemic. To recall that in October 2020, an online dialogue between Chinese and African media was held successfully despite the impact of the epidemic, further boosting the confidence in cooperation and consolidating consensus on the fight against the disease.
The world today is undergoing great changes never yet seen over a century. Setting foot on a new starting point, we should continue to uphold the spirit of China-Africa friendship and cooperation sincere friendship and equality, win-win for mutual benefit and common development, fairness and justice, progress with the times, and openness and inclusiveness – and foster a new vision of achieving common development and greater international influence of media. New developments in the media field that serve China’s Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the development strategies of all African countries are to be supported. Also a new trail in China-Africa media cooperation by implementing the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation- Dakar Action Plan (2022-2024) to be blazed, building on content creation and technological innovation and boosting convergent media development and digital economy.