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The media in Tanzania has been challenged to take lead in confidence building to make wananchi understand that the destiny of Tanzania is in their hands.

The Chinese ambassador to Tanzania Lu Youqing made the appeal on Wednesday March 11, 2015 when he met a delegation from the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) led by the Council’s Executive Secretary Kajubi Mukajanga at the Chinese Embassy in Dar e s Salaam.

He said Tanzania was endowed with abundant natural resources and that what was missing was required level of confidence.

He said the media can help build and deepen that confidence amongst Tanzanians that they have the capacity to spur the socio-economic development of their country by taping and harnessing the available resources.

He discouraged the increased over - dependence on donors who always pursue their respective agendas on pretext of providing assistance.

Ambassador Youqing, said Tanzania media were in a better position to inculcate the spirit to the people that they were the captains of their country’s development.

He was critical of western media for their slant reporting which always reflect negatively in their reporting of developing world including China.

Ambassador Youqing was emphatic that, “no media can tell better a story, say on Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) or a natural gas pipeline which is under construction from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam than the local media”.

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During the meeting which was also attended by senior diplomats at the Chinese embassy, Ambassador Youqing expressed willingness to support the Council realize its dream of having its own premises. Presently the Council is operating from rented offices.

He promised to visit the site of the proposed MCT headquarters at Kimalang’ombe, Bagamoyo.

He also promised to assist the Council to procure trophies for its Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT) from China.

The Chinese embassy and the MCT agreed to work out modalities on how media from the two countries could cooperate in various areas including exchange programmes for journalists and short term specialized trainings.

Earlier, MCT Executive Secretary, Mukajanga said the Council was ready to partner with and host Chinese journalists on assignment in Tanzania.

He paid glowing tribute to Ambassador Youqing for accepting to support the Council on its bid to build its premises and his readiness to visit the proposed MCT headquarters.

Other members of the MCT delegation were Finance Manager, John Nguya, Human Resources Manager, Ziada Kilobo and Ethics and Arbitration Manager, Allan Lawa.

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