Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Benefits of technological development are priceless and it is therefore incumbent on African economies to capitalize on their strong partnership with China

On July 7, 2019, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement was officially implemented, becoming the world's largest free trade area since the creation of the World Trade Organization.

Among other things, it will create a single continental market for goods and services and provide value for investors because if implemented successfully, accessing Africa's 1.2 billion consumer market should be a smooth ride and serve as a catalyst for foreign direct investments. Africa needs technological support to realize the gains of AfCFTA and other initiatives and it is therefore heartening to see private Chinese enterprises taking up the initiative to invest on the continent.

It is therefore not surprising that the African Union has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with Chinese tech giant Huawei to strengthen sectors including the internet of things, cloud computing, broadband, the rollout of 5G networks and artificial intelligence. This is a confirmation of Africa's need for Chinese technology irrespective of current sanctions from the world's largest economy, the United States.

From smartphones to smart cities, Chinese involvement will continue to be positive in Africa. Chinese mobile phone makers have been smart to tailor their products for the African market with features such as long battery life to address Africa's unstable power supply in certain areas.

China's Transsion, the maker of Techno and Infinix phones, and Huawei have substantial shares of Africa's mobile phone market, 34.3 percent and 9.9 percent, respectively.

Transsion has a factory in Ethiopia for assembling and testing its phones in addition to research and development centers in Nigeria and Kenya. And aside from the creation of jobs through technology, their physical presence on the continent can facilitate the transfer of technology and learning.

On its part, Huawei has partnered with African governments to build much of the continent's telecommunications, offering quality but affordable alternatives.

Meanwhile, in helping African retailers tap into China's large consumer market, China's e-commerce giant Alibaba launched its Electronic World Trade Platform in Rwanda in 2018 to promote cross-border trade between Africa and China. But beyond promoting e-commerce between China and Africa, we believe that, this initiative can be the bedrock for an intra-country e-commerce system boosting trade between African countries especially with Africa's free trade area policy taking shape.

The broadcast media is also not left out of this equation as we see Chinese electronics and media company Star Times playing an active role in the switch from analogue to digital transmission on the African continent.

These examples and many more are evidence of the Chinese contribution to Africa's technological development.

As developing countries are entreated to focus on technology and learning transfer as a means to becoming independent and controlling their technological infrastructure, it is incumbent on Chinese technology companies working with Africa to also exhibit good faith by providing the right training required by their hosts with no holdbacks and withholding of secrets.

Developing higher technology and placing it within the global economic integration has enormous prospects and challenges. And it positions China within the purview of global economic and technological forces.

The prospects of this development is the competitive advantage and global economic edge that China wields over emerging and already developed economies. And this will strengthen China's goal of promoting equitable and efficient global trade.

The Chinese technological transformation and contribution to global development is a success achieved in one generation.

China's economic and global trade growth is inseparable from the systematic and progressive development of its technology. Appropriate and reliable high technology is acknowledged to have been a catalyst for the acceleration of China's economic and infrastructural development. Therefore, with Africa home to the world's youngest population - 60 percent of Africans being under the age of 25 - it is not surprising to see many African countries investing heavily in technology and its related infrastructure.

So, what does this age statistic mean? It shows a booming market for technology and development. And aside from population, other events and indices such as the growing demand for industrialization puts Africa at the same point as China when the latter was beginning its economic transformation in the 1970s.

The benefits of technological development are priceless and it is therefore incumbent on African economies to capitalize on their strong partnership with China, and innovate with China's experience and knowledge.

Timothy Karikari is a PhD candidate at the University of International Business and Economics, based in Beijing. Ohene Opoku Agyemang is a PhD candidate at Jinan University, based in Guangdong.The authors contributed this article to China Watch, a think tank powered by China Daily. The views do not necessarily reflect those of China Daily.

By Timothy Karikari and Ohene Opoku Agyemang | China Daily Global

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Gospel artiste and philanthropist Herty Corgie has been nominated in the Female Artiste of the Year USA category of the Contemporary Gospel Music Awards 2019.

Herty is vying for the trophy as is Annistar, Toya Love, Ruth Seal, Terricann Music, Jane Rita and Pastor Esinu.

On becoming aware of her nomination, Corgie submitted on her social media platforms:

“What an Amazing God we serve! I have been nominated for CGM Awards - Ghana 2019.”

Contemporary Gospel Music Awards (CGM AWARDS) Ghana scheme is designed to foster the development of the Ghanaian contemporary gospel music industry.

Organisers reckon the contemporary gospel industry needs necessary attention to enhance its rapid growth and development in the country and in the diaspora.

Musicians who released songs, albums, videos or did any kind of project that fell under any of the published categories was required to send in their nominations by email for consideration.

The award is mainly a public choice award which allows the public 70% voting power to decide who wins what. The other 30% power lies in the bosom of board.

Herty Corgie executed the ‘Overflow Concert’ at the Grace 2 Grace Centre in the US on June 2. The Christian music event at the 7911 Braygreen Road, Laurel MD 20707 drew in gospel music notables including J.J Hairtson, Emmanuel Smith (The Voice-UK finalist), Esinu and Obenewa.

Kindly use this link to vote for Herty Corgie: https://www.speakupp.com/web/328447-3675/

In what some have described as the worship experience of the year, the concert was chiefly about expressing love for God and acknowledging his Supremacy.

Corgie had offered ‘Glory’, a tune edifying God few weeks prior to the concert and right after the concert impressively offered two new singles ‘Yahweh’ and ‘Ololufe’ on June 14.

At the June 2 event, Herty’s new singles were recorded live and just a week ago released the live video of the ‘Ololufe’ song on her YouTube page. Plans are in the works to release her songs and video on DVD.

Folks can support Corgie’s ministry by purchasing her music here: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/hertycorgie3

Gospel music enthusiasts, pastors and church workers are encouraged to vote for Herty Corgie to win the Female Artist of the Year USA.

It’s now only a matter of time before Herty Corgie’s true musical depth is experienced by all. She thus needs all the material and financial support she can get to continue churning out soul-stirring contemporary gospel music that inspires and transforms lives.

Connect with Herty Corgie on social media platforms:

Facebook: @iamhertycorgie

Twitter: @iamhertycorgie

Instagram: @iamhertycorgie

Youtube: Herty Corgie

By: Michael Eli Dokosi

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Once in a while, PR people working in a small agency or team will feel overwhelmed. Occasionally, the workload or new task assigned a bigger team may often require an extra push from an external party. That is where seeking the services of a PR Agency may come in handy.

Organizations sometimes need more time, diverse ideas and more resources to organize a successful publicity campaign. It’s better for them to seek competent, professional advice from an external agency. Such external help brings onboard a more objective approach to the issues at hand. Hiring the services of a Public Relations firm/communications consultant also allows you to focus on your day-to-day operations, and handle much of the work involved in running an efficient campaign.

Here are some four (4) ideas a scaling business should consider when investing in Public Relations:

1. DELIVERING COMPETITIVE EDGE

You see competitors’ news and social media footprint for a reason; it simply means they’re working the public relations better than you. Barbara Corcoran, celebritybusiness mogul on Shark Tank, once opined: “If you’re not being quoted in the press, you’re losing market share by losing limelight.” It’s that simple.

An experienced communications agency is usually an extension of your brand; delivering insight, media monitoring, reporting and strategy in the competitive industry landscape. At the end of the day, your need an ally to help you answer these salient questions:

On what key themes are your competitors hanging their hats in both the press and other marketing strategies?

Are there gaps in competitor messaging that your brand can fill?

Have competitors amped up their press and announcement strategy recently? Why and how can your brand enter the conversation?

Is there an opportunity for your brand to take a contrarian stance and stand out from the noise competitors are creating?

This kind of insight helps you create a stronger content strategy to win at media coverage, Return on Investment (ROI) and brand visibility.



2. RETAINER NEGOTIATION THAT KEEP YOU TOP OF MIND

Hiring a Public Relations firm for a short-term period and letting them go once the job is done is one of the worst things a company can do. Once newsmakers, key stakeholders and customers don’t hear from you that much, your relevance dwindles.
PR can keep your firm top of mind through thought leadership opportunities to give credibility to your executive staff, creating videos or podcasts on peripheral but relevant subjects to garner attention and conversation around your leadership and company.

3. DAMAGE CONTROL

Many companies (even the experienced ones) may not be fully equipped to handle crisis situations; disgruntled outpour of consumer feedback, due to a fault in the production or manufacture in some of their products and so on. PR firms, on the other hand, are better experienced and specially trained to handle and prevent crisis- like situations which can have disastrous consequences in the long run. An experienced PR agency can swiftly tackle the situation; provide a proper action plan so that maximum damage control can be achieved in minimum time.


4. GAIN CREDIBILITY

Reviewing the success stories of most brands in Ghana and beyond, it is evident that a brand is a marathon and not a sprint; in other words, the long-term effects of media visibility grow over time; in fact, years and this creates amplification.
PR people, work in conjunction with social media, events or charity, develop layers of conversation about product over many years. When you look at the changes the company makes, let’s say over a three-year period, which is a good time to measure, there will be a trajectory. And if that trajectory trends up, you’ve done something right.

CONCLUSION:

Hire a PR firm based on these four items;

Experience.
Experience of PR firm or PR professionals or experience in a PR industry.

Case studies.
Case studies are a great way to confirm a PR firm’s experience.

Testimonials & recommendation
Speak with current and past clients to hear their feedback from working with the PR firm.


By Paa Kwesi Forson

About writer : Paa Kwesi Forson is the Head of Public Relations at Global Media Alliance and Blogger at www.paakwesiforson.com



Monday, May 6, 2019

Disney’s “Avengers: Endgame” has officially surpassed the $2 billion mark in its second weekend in theaters, obliterating the record for the fastest film to reach that milestone.

“Avengers: Endgame” is now the second-highest grossing movie of all time with $2.188 billion globally, passing “Titanic” in just 11 days. It took “Avatar,” the previous record-holder for quickest film to $2 billion, 47 days to reach that benchmark.

“Avengers: Endgame” is one of only five films to ever cross $2 billion in ticket sales, joining the company of “Avatar” ($2.78 billion), “Titanic” ($2.187 billion), “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($2.06 billion), and “Avengers: Infinity War” ($2.04 billion).



The tentpole has earned $620 million at the domestic box office, becoming the 9th biggest title ever in North America. Overseas, “Endgame” has amassed a monster $1.56 billion, with $575 million of that bounty coming from China.

The epic finale to the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe got off to a record-breaking start last weekend when it debuted with a stunning $1.2 billion worldwide, including $357 million in North America.

Anthony and Joe Russo returned to direct “Avengers: Endgame,” the 22nd installment in the MCU. It picks up directly following “Avengers: Infinity War,” another box office behemoth that left Earth’s Mightiest Heroes scrambling after Thanos (Josh Brolin) eliminated half of life in the universe.

The superhero blockbuster stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Paul Rudd as Ant-Man.

Source: Variety.com

Monday, April 15, 2019

A new version of your favorite game has been released, but does your computer show a slide show instead of an exciting experience? You need to deal with professional graphics software, but does the machine's slowness make you less productive? So it's time to update your video card. In this article, you will know 3 factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing a new graphics card.

1. WHAT ARE YOUR NEEDS?

In most cases, the middle line - that is, graphics cards in the range of $ 800.00 - are more than enough for the average consumer. With them, you can play  most current games on your PC in a good configuration, and you can improve the performance of software such as Photoshop. Our indication today for video card for gaming is the GTX 1050 4GB IT, a video card that has a great cost benefit and already allows to run almost all games.

But if you're keen to play the latest games in full quality games, a high-end video card is the best option. The extra expense may startle at first glance, but it is largely offset by the longevity of the hardware, which often outgrows the cycle of the most modern video game consoles.
Now if you are a professional who needs to deal with heavy graphics software such as AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks, After Effects and many others, the best choice is undoubtedly the video cards of the Quadro line from Nvidia. Developed in conjunction with the world's largest software companies, they deliver superior performance, high accuracy and durability.

2. WHAT DOES THE VIDEO CARD OFFER?

Currently, the companies that dominate the market for graphics cards are AMD and Nvidia. Both produce good options for both work and fun purposes - and the choice of the brand does not make so much difference if the models are equivalent.

Of all the elements that configure a graphics card, what you should take into account is the number of processing cores (CUDA Cores in the case of Nvidia or Stream Processors in AMD models).
The more  RAM your video card has, the more data and textures will be processed by the graphics chip. However, be aware of factors such as  - 256-bit interfaces outweigh 128-bit interfaces - and the RAM type - DDR3 models have lower performance than GDDR5.

Do not be fooled by older video cards, always strive to acquire a state-of-the-art model, many companies still advertise old boards with a high bandwidth (128, 256, 384 bits) as if they were still powerful.

Also note the differences in hardware between Quadro and Geforce video cards, often frames have a lower number of cuda colors compared to Geforce video cards.

But that's not to say that professional boards have poor performance, as their drivers are optimized for professional applications such as AutoCAD, Revit, SolidWorks (among many other software), it can deliver far superior performance with lower hardware, allowing -to be more warm up less and be more stable.

In some software, such as the Siemens NX, a 2GB P600 Quadro can deliver 3x performance over an 11GB Geforce GTX 1080 video card, so it's always good to check which video card is recommended by the software manufacturer or ask for help from our experts to help you choose the best option. Already software with Lumion, which has a game graphics engine, has superior performance with a Geforce GTX 1070 TI compared to a P4000 Quadro.

Finally, note the outputs that the card offers to connect the computer to an external monitor. Most current models have HDMI and DVI connections, but some already offer DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort output. Escape models that offer only the old VGA output: the technology is already outdated and transmits only the analogue image, with a considerable quality loss in the image.

3. IS YOUR HARDWARE COMPATIBLE?

Any video card may have compatibility issues, especially if your machine is older. Common problems include such things as the power supply and the size of the board itself - it may not even fit in your cabinet.

Overall, intermediate video cards of the moment require a PCI Express x16 slot, and you'll have to measure the distance from that slot to any component that might interfere with your graphics card. So check the GPU dimensions, which can be checked on the manufacturer's website, and make sure you have a little extra space around.

Also check if the board will need an external power supply. Some low-cost boards get enough power from the PCI port on your motherboard, while others require you to connect to the power supply of the machine. If you need to use more power, your source will need to use the proper cables or you will have to find an adapter.

Finally, make sure that there is enough power to maintain good computer performance . Depending on your choice, you may need to replace your power supply with a more powerful one.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Happy FM, Ghana’s number one sports station, has presented a proposed amendment to the status of football administration in Ghana to the Normalization Committee.

This forms part of the station’s efforts to sensitize, demystify and ensure the smooth running of sports administration in Ghana.

The delegation, made up of Ohene Bampoe Brenya, host of Happy FM’s ‘Anopa Bosuo’ morning sports show; Austin Ampim, Director of Finance at Global Media Alliance Broadcasting Company (GMABC); Jerry Ofori, Head of Events at GMABC and Nii Ogbamey Tetteh, Public Relations Account Manager at GMABC, on March 20, 2019 presented the proposed amendment to Alex Asante, Ag. FA General Secretary at the GFA office in Accra.

Presenting the report to the Ag. FA General Secretary, who received it on behalf of the chairman of the Normalization Committee, Dr. Kofi Amoah,  Ohene Bampoe Brenya stated that for close to 9months, Happy FM’s ‘Anopa Bosuo Sports’ has been championing a campaign dubbed ‘Nkontabuo’. This campaign focuses on promoting transparency and accountability in sports,  following the famous  Number 12  exposé by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

He added that the recommendation forms part of the findings from the project.

“As part of the ‘Nkontabuo’ campaign, Happy FM recently had a public forum with some stakeholders in the sporting fraternity to deliberate on issues affecting the game and how these issues can be addressed. As the number one sports station in Ghana, we thought it wise to sum up all the recommendations that have been made during this 9-month project and submit it to the Normalization Committee with the hope that it will go a long way to change the sport in Ghana,” Brenya said.

On his part,  Alex Asante, Ag. FA General Secretary commended the station for its bold step to put together the document and urged other stakeholders in the sporting fraternity to emulate the gesture.

“This is what the NC has been saying every time. Bring your recommendations and let us deliberate on them in order to make football administration in Ghana strong again. This document has been received and the NC will definitely look at it,” Mr. Asante said.

As part of its mandate from FIFA, the NC has been tasked to review the status of the FA.

The ‘Nkontabuo’ project is sponsored by StarGhana with funding from UK aid (DFID), DANIDA and EU.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

US based gospel singer and minister, Herty Corgie made a donation to the Dzorwulu Special School on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in a bit to lend support to the government run facility which caters to the needs of students with special needs.
Corgie, who is a budding musician is based in the US state of Maryland with her husband and children but keeps keen interest in happenings in her Ghana home country.
It is on her recent visit that she opted to lend a helping hand to the Dzorwulu Special School based in Dzorwulu where she resided while in Ghana.
Items presented to the school include packs of fizzy drinks, gallons of cooking oil, bags of rice, bags of sachet water, detergents, toilet papers, cartons of canned tomatoes, canned fish and a few other items.
Assistant headmaster of the school, Freddie Tetteh who received the items expressed gratitude calling on other non-governmental organisations and philanthropists to support the school with nutritious items and educational materials.
He submitted the 160 students in the school are trained to possess skills they can use to earn a keep when they graduate from the school adding the students are trained in agriculture, carpentry, car washing, sewing, bead making and cooking of local dishes.
The special educators who instruct the students in education are drawn from the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba – UEW.
Mr. Freddie Tetteh of the school receiving the donated items from Madam Herty Corgie 
Mr. Tetteh stated as a government run boarding facility, they enjoy subvention from the state as well as a beneficiary of the free education scheme. He however pointed out that the school could do with instructional materials as the students require a one-on-one interactional mode of knowledge transfer as they don’t fare well with abstract teaching. The teaching and non-teaching staff number about 45 and while some stated they had apprehension dealing with the students, they’ve since learned to adapt and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Intellectual disability (ID) is characterized by below-average intelligence or mental ability and a lack of skills necessary for day-to-day living. People with intellectual disabilities can and do learn new skills, but they learn them more slowly.
Herty Corgie supported by her Herty Corgie Music team after the donation mentioned her ‘GraceFoundMe’ nonprofit organisation registered in the US about the two years ago supports humanitarian projects both in Ghana, the US and other countries like Haiti. The Ghanaian coordinators; Faustina Ofori Armstrong and Lebene Adjoyi were in session for the donation as was emerging music act, Carl Clottey.
Corgie in the weeks ahead will release two new tunes whiles staging the Overflow Concert on June 2, 2019 at the Grace2Grace Centre in Maryland, USA.
Source: www.blakkpepper.com

Friday, February 22, 2019

Celebrating a decade since the launch of the first Galaxy S, Samsung introduces a new line of premium smartphones: Galaxy S10. With three unique devices, the Galaxy S10 line is engineered to meet the distinct needs of today’s smartphone market, so consumers can do more of what they love. Each device delivers a next-generation experience in the categories consumers care about most: ground-breaking innovations in display, camera and performance.

As testament to a decade of innovations, Galaxy S10 is designed for those who want a premium smartphone with powerful performance and sets the stage for the next generation of mobile experiences. For consumers looking for a supercharged device, Galaxy S10+ takes every spec – from display, to camera, to performance – to the next level. Galaxy S10e is built for those who want all the premium essentials in a compact package on a flat screen.

“Since its launch ten years ago, the Galaxy S series has stood for premium innovation – offering consumers an incredible experience, and the ability to find the device that’s right for them,” Dudu Mokholo, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Central Africa. “Galaxy S10 builds on that incredible legacy, and delivers breakthrough display, camera, and performance innovations. With three premium devices, each built for a unique consumer in mind, Samsung is leveraging a decade of industry leadership to usher in a new era of smartphone technology.”

The technology giant is also unfolding the future with a whole new mobile category by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

The highly anticipated Galaxy Fold is a new foldable device that features the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which folds into a compact device with a cover display. Galaxy Fold offers a powerful new way to multitask, watch videos, play games, and more – bringing to life new experiences and possibilities years in the making.

“Today, Samsung is writing the next chapter in mobile innovation history by changing what’s possible in a smartphone. Galaxy Fold introduces a completely new category that unlocks new capabilities never seen before with our Infinity Flex Display.” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “We created Galaxy Fold for those that want to experience what a premium foldable device can do, beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone.”

Galaxy Fold is in a category of its own. It delivers a new kind of mobile experience allowing users to do things they couldn’t do with an ordinary smartphone. Users now have the best of both worlds; a compact device that unfolds to reveal Samsung’s largest-ever smartphone display.

Galaxy Fold will be released unto the market in the second quarter of 2019.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Bernard Oduro Takyi 
Presiding Member for Sunyani West District Assembly and Lead Advocate for the Assembly Members Common Fund initiative, Bernard Oduro Takyi has reiterated the strategic role Assembly Members play and the need for a fund.


In a recent interview on Happy FM’s “Epa Hoa Daben” current affairs show, the Presiding Member stressed that Assembly members were the foundation of the local governance system and therefore critical that they are resourced like any other Officer of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and added that such measures will equip them to deliver their mandate adequately in accordance with Chapter 20 of the 1992 Constitution and the Local Governance Act, Act 936. 


In the past weeks, Mr. Oduro Takyi and other Assembly Members have been on national radio and television stations explaining the rationale for their proposal. Their approach and advocacy seek to plead with the key Stakeholders in the Local Governance set up through to find a more sustainable way of empowering Assembly members to deliver on their mandate to their Electoral Areas.


In calling for this fund, the Assembly Members are not asking for a source of fund but a restructuring of the current 5% earmarked for Community Initiated Projects under the District Assemblies Common Fund. To ensure accountability and efficient use of state funds, a proposed financial framework with checks, balances and sanctions was mentioned as a step to ensure that funds are directed to the right plans and initiatives. Details of their proposal including usage, systems etc. are to be developed, deliberately and discussed with State officials responsible for local governance. 


Commenting on the duties of an Assembly Member, Mr. Oduro Takyi stressed that Assembly Members are the bedrock of national development.  “A wise, experienced and professional Assembly Member with the right resources would be able to mobilize, initiate and ensure government policy and strategies are fully absorbed by their respectively communities. “We live, sleep, eat and drink in our local communities, we are the first point of call for any celebration or sorrow in our communities. Why can’t we then be conduit for policy success? It is an easy thing to do if the structures are enhanced”. 


He commended the government’s commitment in ensuring that MMDCEs are elected and added that it was a bold step to ensuring grassroot accountability and transparency. 

Story by : Timothy Kwakye Karikari

Monday, November 19, 2018

The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) – Beijing Chapter in collaboration with Zhogguancun the Belt and Road Initiative Promotional Association (ZBRA); an independent nonprofit social organization which aims to integrate China’s innovative technology in the development of China’s Belt and Road Initiative organized the maiden edition of a leadership and development forum dubbed “Global Leadership Forum” in Beijing; China.

The forum, which aimed at providing a platform for international youth to communicate and cooperate in diversity, was patronized and had participants from leaders, youth and students from diverse backgrounds and nationalities residing in China.

Mr. Zhang Xiadong; President of ZBRA highlighted the impact of ZBRA on the development and nurturing of innovative ideas. He encouraged participants and international students to take advantage of his organization’s platform to launch their ideas and set up businesses in China.

Mr. Sylvester Akyereku; Ghana's Embassy in Beijing
Explaining his organization’s impact, he mentioned that ZBRA trains brilliant international students in business and ideas development, assist international students in setting up businesses in China by providing space, research and professional guidance, searches and places international students in companies in need of interns and other provides services available to students without discrimination. His organization exists to assist students in integrating and gaining access to Chinese leading multinationals to know more about China’s innovation and development.

To share China’s impressive growth and opportunities available, the forum had Dr. Hu Biliang; Executive Dean of the Beijing Normal University The Belt and Road School delivering the keynote speech. Dr. Biliang took participants through China’s 40 years of reform and opening up to the world and explained factors that contributed to China’s rise to global success and power.

Participants at the forum
He listed China’s unique economic model and ability to blend the formal and informal systems such as culture and traditions in its development. He noted “Everywhere, social networking is very important but in China, it is particularly important” when speaking about the role culture played in the development of the country.

To enhance the image of Africa and tell the compelling African story, representatives from African Missions in China including Ghana and Kenya took turns in sharing their country’s development trajectory. Mr. Sylvester Kofi Akyereku; Minister/Consular from Ghana’s Embassy in Beijing spoke on Ghana’s development, successes and learnings and from Kenya, Mr. Zachary Bosire Omariba from the Kenyan Embassy in Beijing did same.

On his part, Ahmed Abdul Basit Sofo; President of the National Union of Ghana Students Beijing Chapter, encouraged participants to take advantage of their presence in China, develop networks and meaningful relationships with like-minded Chinese national and other international students for future collaborations.

Participants at the forum were excited and had their passions re-ignited to achieve success in today’s competitive global world. A participant remarked “We rarely get opportunities to attend free leadership and development seminars with participants and speakers from diverse and experienced backgrounds in Beijing. It is therefore commendable that NUGS put this together with ZBRA at no cost to participants and we hope that subsequent sessions will be held with new speakers”.

Following the success of the maiden edition, participants are expectant and anxious for subsequent editions.

By: Timothy Kwakye Karikari

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