(Beijing) – The Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Lesego Motsumi, held a series of high level meetings in Beijing this week with Government leaders and top executives, in order to explore avenues of potential China-Botswana partnership through technical assistance and investment in the field of information and communications.
On Thursday she met with the Chinese Minister of the State Council Information Office (SCIO), H.E. Mr. Wang Chen, who assured her of his Government’s mutual interest in assisting Botswana in building up its communications capacity in the spirit of South-South cooperation.
The State Council is the administrative nexus of the Chinese government, with the SCIO serving as its key “working organ” for media outreach. The SCIO is further responsible for promoting bilateral and multilateral cooperation through the Forum of China Africa (FOCAC) process.
During the week, Minster Motsumi also met with the senior managements of Xinhua News Agency, China Central Television (CCTV) and the China Radio and TV Corporation for International Techno-Economic Cooperation (CRTV).
During her discussions with the Vice President and Acting President of Xinhua, Mr. Zhou Xisheng, it was confirmed that the news agency was eager to open a bureau in Gaborone and was also interested in the possibility of forming partnerships with Botswana news organizations in the areas of human resource development, information sharing and online publishing, as well as broadcast and print media.
Programme sharing and potential technical assistance were also on the agenda during the Minster’s meetings with senior CCTV and CRTV executives.
Minister Motsumi was in Beijing at the invitation of the Chinese Minister for State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), H.E. Mr. Wang Taihua, who hosted her at this week’s Asia Media Summit.
From China the Minister will be going to Japan, where she will be holding further discussions with her Japanese Government counterparts and executives of NHK, the Japanese Public Broadcaster. While in Japan the Minister is further expected to address members of the Japanese Business Council on opportunities in Botswana.