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Published On: Fri, Sep 29th, 2017

Nigeria , China partner on cultural diplomacy

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By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

To increase revenue generation, the National Council for Arts and Culture ( NCAC) said it’s collaborating with china to promote cultural diplomacy between the two countries.
The disclosure was made during a courtesy call by the Director-General of NCAC,Otunba Runsewe to the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian in Abuja , to solicit for more cultural collaboration with the Peoples Republic of China.
Runsewe who thanked the Chinese for always supporting Nigeria in areas of human capital development and the area of rail system construction.
‘’It is on record that about seven states in Nigeria are currently understudying your rail system’’.
The NCAC DG also expressed his gratitude to the ambassador for giving the staff of the Council capacity building by making Nigerians living in China feel welcome.
He expressed that the plan of the Council was to take the thirty-six Commissioners of various states of the Federation to China to understudy the Chinese cultural content in order to replicate it in Nigeria.
“We will also like to formally invite you to next year’s AFAC which will come early in the year”.
In his response, Ambassador Zhou Pingjian stated that Nigeria and China have a of similarities in terms of population and economy .
According to Amb. Pingjian who said that both countries are the major forces in economy in their respective continents saying Nigeria stands tall in Africa while China is a force to reckon with in Asia continent and both countries enjoy a very big cultural diversity.
Nigeria’s tradition is awesome, we can truly work together”
The ambassador who reiterated that China’s government is ever ready to explore the various areas of collaboration in terms of cultural exchanges, capacity building and many other areas of opportunity.
He noted that, “It is on record both countries are major players in the world, if we build on our existing bilateral relationship, both nations will further make huge impact in the world as a whole”.
“China being the biggest economy in the world, I am happy to tell you that over 120, 000 million Nigerians visit China annually, we shall continue to play our leading role in the world and particularly in Nigeria as the most populous nation in Africa.

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