In Profile Daily’s News Editor, Fredrick P. W. Gaye, has concluded a 10-month Media Training and Cultural Exchange Program in the People’s Republic of China.
Journalist Gaye obtained two separate certificates in “China Development Studies and Media Exchange” at the School of Journalism and Communications, at the Renmin University of China (RUC) and “Deep Exploration of Chinese Language and Culture” at the Beijing International Chinese College (BICC).
The In Profile’s Editor was among 28 journalists from 27 African countries who participated in the training under the 2016 fellowship. Other journalists were drawn from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Egypt, Ethiopia, Niger, Malawi, Sudan, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Mali, Lesotho, Angola, Congo (Brazerville) and Eritrea.
The media fellowship is an annual event being hosted by the China Africa Press Center (CAPC), sponsored by the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA). It is intended to improved exchanges between Chinese and African journalists and increase their knowledge on both sides in strengthening China-Africa relations. The 2016 fellowship was the third and largest so far since the CAPC was established in 2014.
Besides training classes, the CAPC fellows had the opportunities to interview officials relevant government ministries and agencies and enterprises; exchanged views with Chinese academies, visited and worked with Chinese media organizations as well as side by side with their Chinese colleagues.
They also covered major events including Plenary Session of the Chinese People’s Congress (NPC), G20 Summit and Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Coordinators’ Meeting, among many other events.
The CAPC fellows visited about 35 cities and towns in 12 provinces and municipalities to see the real China.
Speaking at the reception of the CAPC 2016 completion in Beijing Thursday, December 1, 2016, the President of China Public Diplomatic Association (CPDA), Mr. Li Zhaoxing, thanked the African journalists for level of commitment they made during the program.
Mr. Li, who is also a former diplomat, said China will continue to promote the people-to-people contacts through the press center for a better understanding between the two sides-China and African countries.
According to the Chinese veteran diplomat, his group will ensure the aims of the press center are met, promising to invite more African journalists for the fourth edition of the fellowship program in 2017.
Speaking on behalf the participants, Journalist Ikenna Emewu of The Sun Newspaper in Nigeria praised organizers and supporting groups and institutions of the fellowship program.
Journalist Emewu said, for the participants of the Fellowship, it’s one of the biggest international exposures anybody can hope for in his/her lifetime and career. While the fellows interacted and knew China firsthand, he said they also knew Africa than before through their colleagues.
“Prior to the CPDA Fellowship, we knew China from the world map and the daily bombard of the world news. But coming to China for the period opened to us a hitherto unknown vista. Each of us interacted with China and 26 other African countries with diverse cultures every waking day,” he indicated.
According to the Nigerian journalist, the opportunity of the Fellowship at China’s behest is double tiered-to create friendship and expertise with and about China and also within Africa.
He added: “For this reason, we thank China for creating friendship between her and Africa and within Africa.”
Emewu many noted that they (fellows) came to know to be their countries’ ambassadors in foreign lands, saying that no Olympic Games, World Cup, UN General Assembly or any continental or global tournament where contingents represent their countries lasts for 10 months, and no other international event hosts as many countries as long.
“So it is a commendation to the great country, China, to host this global record tournament with cooperative rather than competitive interaction. Every participant, including the host country, wins trophies of better friendship, understanding and advancement that lead to a virile and more peaceful world,” he maintained.
Meanwhile, Journalist Gaye has commended the Chinese Government through its Embassy in Liberia for the opportunity. He described as rewarding his stay in China, which has given him, only additional, but also international knowledge in the profession.
Journalist Gaye also praised the management of In Profile Daily for being supportive to his fellowship program in China. “I also want to express thanks and appreciations to media institutions that stood with me by publishing and airing my stories and articles during the program as well as workmates and friends who communicated and encouraged me through various means,” he concluded.
The In Profile Daily News Editor is expected to return to Liberia shortly.
The establishment of the China Africa Press Center is a follow-up to calls by the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to encourage exchanges and visits between Chinese and African media.