By Edmund Mingle
Thursday, 13 March 2008
The Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Darien Schemmer, yesterday called on the management of the New Times Corporation (NTC), as the High Commission and the corporation seek to collaborate on various initiatives.
The visit, which formed part of a tour of selected institutions in the country, provided the high commissioner the opportunity to familia-rise himself with the operations of the corporation.
It also created a platform for discussions on a number of programmes they could undertake together.
Areas of interest identified for collaboration include educational exchange programmes, training for journalists and technical staff, publication of educational materials and acquisition of equipment.
Mr Schemmer commended the corporation for its contribution to the development of the media landscape which he described as crucial to socio-economic growth.
He acknowledged the challenge facing the media in the country especially as the country prepares for the general elections which he hoped would be peaceful.
He gave the assurance that the Canadian government, through its agencies, would continue to support development programmes in Ghana towards poverty reduction as well as collaborate with the corporation.
Kofi Asuman, Managing Director of the corporation, expressed appreciation for the visit and welcomed any positive collaborative initiatives that would enhance the company’s performance.
He briefed the High Commissioner on the operations of the corporation and gave the assurance that it would continue to strive to give the public quality products and pursue its mandate as an independent state media organisation.
The High Commissioner, who was accompanied by officials from the commission, was taken round the corpora-tion’s facilities.