The Chinese Embassy in Accra-Ghana has donated digital equipment valued at GH¢50,000.00 to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) with a call on the media to endeavour to paint the holistic and accurate picture about China.
The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Shi Ting Wang, who made the presentation, said, a reputable news provider such as the GNA, could help in that cause by disseminating accurate, balanced, credible and objective news, with speed, to correct the stereotyped negative image of China usually portrayed in the international media.
The digital equipment consist of 13 HP Desktop Computers, a Cannon Photocopier Machine, two Huawei notebooks, two Huawei media pads, five HP Laser Printers and 12 Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) appliances.
Ambassador Wang explained that GNA would need the requisite resources to continue to be the source of true news, thus, it was important for China to contribute to the good cause of the Agency, which also fostered national development and unity.
He described as unfortunate the way and manner Chinese are portrayed as bad people by some sections of the Ghanaian media and on social media. “Look about the negative symbols and objects used to represent China in some of the media outlets, saying it was unfair”. He also expressed concern
“Let our people and your people better understand each other, and by so doing, others would understand the Chinese,” he appealed.
However, he said, his Government, was very sincere and committed to supporting African countries, including Ghana, to transform their fortunes and the wellbeing of their people through mutual agreements.
“There is the need for more people to know and understand the Chinese,” Mr Wang insisted.
“More accurate and objective stories have to be told about China by the people who know and understand China.” he emphasised.
The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana stressed that the Government of China did not condone illegality and so citizens who fell foul of the law were duly made to face the rule of law.
On his part, the Acting General Manager of GNA, Mr Kwaku Osei Bonsu, said the Agency was on the path to regaining its leadership and momentum in news gathering and dissemination even though it was being impeded by the lack of logistics and finances.
The Agency, therefore, needed a radical improvement in its equipment and technology status to tell the African story to the rest of the world thus, the donation was timely, he said.
Mr Osei Bonsu noted that the GNA was most grateful for the gesture because it would inspire the staff to deliver their best.
He said the Agency was a very good friend of, not only of China, but the Chinese Embassy in Accra.
It also had a news exchange programme with the Xinhua News Agency, while some staff had benefitted from the capacity building programmes in China over the years.
The GNA had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Xinhua News Agency under the Belt and Road Economic Information Partnership, which involves the exchange of information, among other products, among them and their partners.