African Journalists explore China’s DevelopmentNovember 2, 2019
By Philip Neville Junior
Being part of the president’s bilateral expansion to strengthen it ties worldwide, The People’s Republic of china under the Lead by his Excellency, Xi Xiang Ping, Felt the need of making a well-designed connected groups of journalist from various countries in developing their media and public relations, ranging from South America to Africa. Forthcoming to the approval, the Chinese government initiated a ring of journalists under a Network called the “Belt and Road Network”(BRNN).Headed by the top most executives of the People’s Daily. A Well-known media outlet of the State, with it having a state of the art media equipment’sand resilience hard-working staffs ranging from young to old with various nationalities around the Asian continent, Having an online presence of 91 million followers via microblogs104,093 userpresence on their site, printing presses all round major provinces in china, radio, TV, magazine and a Leading Newspaper in the country with an employment total for their new Media Center being 10,000 workers. The People’sDaily. With it having to implement on the president’s idea of strengthening ties worldwide created a network chain of journalists from Africa, South America and North America. Ensuring, 20 Africans from 16 different countries in the continent and 20 Hispanic personnelwere in attendance of the workshop, held in Beijing,Guiyangand Guangzhou, China. For a period of 2 weeks. Calledthe Belt and Road Network, BRNN, with this year’s Theme; New Era,New Ideas and New Media,
The conference started off at the Headquarter of the People’s Daily in Beijing, with an opening statement from the deputy head of publicity for the Department of CPC Central, Jiang Jianguo . Elaborating on the power of the media, he said if only the media landscape worldwide were included in the development of a country, if only they were given the right tools to carry out their work, they will be a group that I will proudly call the awareness watchers of our generation and the generation forthcoming. Ongoing in his speech, he shine light about the importance of the BRNN Workshop as it will improve dialogue between media representatives in a one held center to broaden their awareness with the media.
Representing his media firmly to the ground, the Editor In Chief at the People’s Daily, Tuo Zhen. Made reiterated the use and purpose of the President needing to create such workshops in the country and internationally, as it is a very strategic and developmental move for them as a government to strengthen their bilateral ties and to also feed correct information about current happenings in the People’s Republic of China.
Calling for a break at the conference. The 2 head representatives of the Africa and Latin American team gave hearth warming speeches for their teams and also for their various organizations. NwabisaMakunga, Editor in Chief at the Herald and Weekend Post, spoke about the intercontinental advantages of African journalists meeting in one center to meet and learn is sometimes exciting and breath-taking as you will be exposed to various things and lifestyles but as journalists, we must report about the BRNN honestly and professionally as our integrities are on the line.
Closing the orientation conference, the president of the Communication University of China, Liao Xiangzhong gave out a congratulatory message to the Political Bureau Council for setting up such initiative for the first time, as this will serve as a starting pillar in building the capacities of journalists locally and internationally, learn the Chinese history in a visionary methodological way and peaceful development so that they can pass on such strategies to their executives or investors back home at large.
Commencement of the workshop started on the 16th August 2019 and finished on the 29th September 2019 at the Communication University of China, Beijing. Wherein lectures took off with a shallow explanatory of how the Chinese economy operates and some beneficial strategic moves that has made place them where they are now. Prof Chen, explained that the Chinese government has a stable and uprising economy because of the investment in Developmental Agriculture and also by the helpful policies of equalizing equities, land-space reservation and socialism in addressing issues of pollution, climate change, having a limitation of 8% in the income tax rate. All these policies are being implemented by the National Development and Reform agencies, to see that their economy is on the right track. fortunately, china’s GDP for the years 2015-2017 has been favorably good to their side as they are lagging behind their number 1 competitor, The United States Of America by 5% , with china’s GDP at 12.20% – 12.60% from 2015-2017 respectively (in fraction, 87/190 –85/191
Asset ownership and development is another key point the professor made mention of during the conference, as it is alonglasting investment in a country and looking at china, 50% of all assets in china is owned by the government and monitored by the government in terms of repair and sometimes in most companies, administration.
Setting Up Free trade zones, another key point that was simplified for the group in attendance, the Chinese allows lot of imported foreign goods in their country so they too can have the same in return wherein these imported goods will automatically become a competing good once arrived in China, The government makes sure that the locals are empowered enough so they can also take care of their families by the free zones having low tax payments and a high revenue in return.
The conference as a whole had very excursive attractions and plans scheduled for the team in order for us to explore the culture, tradition, history and developments that has taken place in the People’s Republic of China. With us visiting various historic areas like; The Chinese Great Wall, The Forbidden City, The Hong Kong-Macau Bridge, The Shunde City, and the Budweiser Beer Brewery. All these places had lots of historic and developmental tips for us journalists from Africa on how we should maintain our History and Culture and also seek to a developmental infrastructure as it will be a stepping stone in a good revolution.
Vibrant streets, high buildings, green cities and passionate china is overwhelming via first sight. Filled with Welcoming and respectful citizens, china as a country is welcoming to live for all nationals as the people are very easy-going to socialize with and as well learn from. Movement in china, in terms of transportation is simple for citizens but also a bit difficult for foreigners being their first time as it entails them to a new transition into a digital city wherein QR codes are the revolutionaries against physical money But also expensive A typical example is ordering and paying for a taxi ride, in Africa getting a taxi is as simple as connecting to a Wi-Fi network with a known password. It requires the personnel to order via a mobile app and wait 5-10minutes for its arrival to chauffeur you en route. Reaching your destination you take out your phone and scan the drivers QR code and send his/her payments via WechatPay. How easy and less time delayed is that? But for foreigners without having access to their credit cards, Language Barrier becomes a problem between the driver and the passenger, inly a calculator or meter reader can destroy such barriers.