Accra, Mr Hans-Helge Sander, the Deputy Head of Mission of German Embassy, in Accra, on Wednesday, held discussions with Ghana News Agency on areas of cooperation to facilitate Ghana’s socio-economic development through the dissemination of invaluable information.
Mr Sander, who assumed office in July, said being responsible for Media Affairs at the Embassy, it was imperative for him to know his partners to chart a good path for their interests.
I believe it will be to our mutual benefit if we keep close contact on events and information that concern Germany and Ghana to achieve good results, he noted.
Mr Sander after being briefed about the GNA’s history, current status, challenges and prospects, gave the assurance that he would work with other partners of the Embassy to explore how best to support it to carry out its mandate effectively.
Mr Francis Rex Annan, Acting General Manager of the GNA; Mrs Yaa Oforiwah Asare-Peasah, the Head of the Editorial, and Mrs Beatrice Asamani Savage, the News Editor, who received the German Official, took turns to brief him and explain issues affecting the Ghanaian media.
Mr Annan said the GNA, established by Ghana’s First President on the eve of Independence, was committed to fulfilling its mandate of delivering truthful, balanced and accurate stories from all corners of the country for nation building and national cohesion.
He stated that financial, technical and human resource constraints, over the years, had prevented the Agency from being that force to reckon with.
However, these challenges had not compromised credibility as loyal staff continued to gather news from the nooks and cranny of the country, especially in the rural areas.
He urged the Embassy to assist the Agency to reconnect its news exchange programme with the Deutsche Presse Agentoire so that the GNA could get direct news feed from Germany to share with Ghanaians subscribers.
He said GNA was also currently battering stories with the Xinhua News Agency, the Press Trust International- the India News Agency, among others.
He announced that the GNA had recently signed an MOU with the South Korea News Agency to be the main media hub in Africa, to carry news on the Olympic Games that would be held in South Korea, for other media in both Ghana and Africa to subscribe from the GNA platform.
Mrs Asamani Savage recalled that the German Embassy, with allied institutions, had very fruitful partnership with the GNA for a long time, which yielded a lot of technical support and training to resource and facilitate the Agency’s delivery.
She appealed to Mr Sander to revive that relationship, which had rather gone stale in past decade, towards promoting a prosperous nation with well-informed individuals.
Source: Ghana News Agency