Addis Ababa March15/2017 Improving flow of information among African countries is important to realize renaissance of the countries, Dr. Negeri Lencho, Minister of Government Communication Affairs Office said.
The Minister made the remark while discussing with Journalists drawn from South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique who are here on media tour.
Speaking to the journalist, Dr. Negeri said that The flow of information among African countries has not developed to the desired level and such working visits by African journalists will play its role in integrating the continent, the minister added.
“Facts show that although we have our own history they have not been well represented in the international forum” the Minister said.
“Because of various reasons quite a number of journalists abroad are not willing to disseminate the true stories from Africa” he added.
“If one part of Africa fails to know what is going on in the other part of the continent and that is disastrous, therefore, by exchanging the right information I think we can contribute to the attempt made by the African Union in bringing Africans together.” Dr. Negeri underlined.
The journalists paid the visit to Ethiopia upon the invitation accorded to them by the Government Communications Affairs Office (GCAO) as a means of strengthening the all sided cooperation among African countries.
Yesterday, the Journalists have visited the 656 km Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway, which is under test operation.
Kalden Ongumu, a journalist from South Africa said, “as a journalist I have been covering a whole live news and what we have been seeing about Ethiopia in the past covers starving children, much poverty, but coming here today and seeing everything in person helps you to know that so much has changed in this country.”
“We have been speaking to a lot of officials here and the common man, and they have hopes and we as a journalist see a lot of development that have happened in the last few years, and I guess in the next five years may be Ethiopia is going to be a totally different country”, she added.
Ongumu, who came to Ethiopia for the first time, expressed her hope that with the continuation of ongoing developmental activities the nation will “on the top of the continent.”
“Other countries in Africa need to look on how Ethiopia has started from the scratch without the help from other countries in the continent as well as the world. Coming here and seeing how they have done it would help other countries to engage their population in similar efforts.” she urged.
Sticking to deadlines in completing projects and extending railway service to the neighboring countries are also the other aspects that other African countries need to learn from Ethiopia, she added.
Senior economic reporter of South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Amina Accram on her part said, “I was here a couple of years back and when I came back there are a lot of developments.”
The Ethiopian government had played a crucial role in rendering political support for South Africa during the apartheid era by serving Mandela and providing him the necessary trainings, Amina added.
“If we can get our governments together, we can get our economies to work together and to function efficiently and the money to build the infrastructure will be available” she emphasized.
The 656 km Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway, which is under test operation since its inauguration in October, will fully be operational soon.
Besides the technology and knowledge transfer made during the construction of the railway, the staff of the Ethiopian Railways Corporation had gone through a number of trainings to enhance their capacity especially in cooperation with Pietersburg University.
The nation is planning and aspiring to stretch its railway network from the existing 1,500 km to 5,295 km by the end of the second Growth and Transformation Plan period as one of the mega projects geared towards networking with the neighboring countries and the continent at large.