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Focus on government media relations is essential

Aug 2, 2011, 1:44 PM

The media is a partner in development; therefore, government and Media relations should be very cordial, as this would greatly help the democratic process of a country.

The forum was organized by the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs international Cooperation and Gambian Aboard, in collaboration with The University of the Gambia and the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation.

It is for Gambian journalists and communication officers, and is indeed timely in the history of our media landscape.

This forum would bring the media and government closer, and the good thing about such forums is that it will address the misconceptions the government and media have about each other.

We hope that such dialogue will always continue, and it will further strengthen the ties between partners.

A highly-professional media can make an impact on a country’s development.

We know that the media is faced with many challenges, but with constant dialogue and support from all stakeholders, these problems will be a thing of the past.

All what the Gambian media needs is to be trained, and to build the capacity of its members.

However, we are informed that the University of The Gambia has created a School of Information Technology and Communications.

This would give media practitioners the opportunity to equip themselves with university education.

Let’s work together for the good of the people we serve.

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