African journalists converge for India-Africa Summit

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By Emmanuel Mayah.

Journalists from across Africa have converged in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to follow events at the 2nd Africa-India Forum Summit holding in that country from 20th to 26th May 2011. The journalists whose participation at the summit was made possible by the Panos Institute West Africa (PIWA) were drawn from as diverse countries as Senegal, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and Niger Republic; each representing a media presence from the different Regional Economic Communities (RECs) across the continent.

According to Pauline Bend, Panos’ Director of Programmes, the decision to bring African journalists to Ethiopia was borne out of the fact that some media houses would be handicapped to send reporters to such a critical event and given the agenda-setting role of the media it was important to ensure their presence at a landmark event where decisions will be taken on how the continent should engage foreign powers interested in its resources.

Only last February, during the World Social Forum (WSF) held in Dakar, Senegal, PIWA similarly facilitated African journalists to, among other things, be sensitized on the new information challenges thrown up as Africa becomes the setting for fresh economic competition among emerging countries like China, India and Brazil. This time, PIWA is selected journalists and giving them orientation in their daily coverage.

The 2nd Africa-India Forum Summit, coming after the 2008 maiden initiative in New Delhi, is aimed at building and strengthening a new paradigm of cooperation far beyond the usual bilateral relationship as a way of containing the challenges of a globalising world.  In the face of the rampaging force of China in Africa, India as emerging economic power is positioning itself as a better partner for Africa citing similar historic experiences like the struggle against colonialism.

India is dangling to the continent trade and development packages ranging from human resource development, health, capacity building, ICT and agriculture.

Among the African journalists were Theresa Mallinson of South Africa, Suleiman Mustapha of Ghana, Beletu Bulbula of Ethiopia, Diacounda Sene of Senegal, Kabir Alabi of Nigeria, Issa Ousseini of Niger Republic, Lee Mwiti of Kenya and Sebie Teweldebirhan of Ethiopia.

 

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