Under the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, Global Max Media Group in Partnership with Africa News Agency, Independent Media Group, the R1 Foundation, and the South African Chinese Economic and Trade Association initiated the “CHINA-AFRICA PEOPLE- TO- PEOPLE AND MEDIA COOPERATION ONLINE SEMINAR REGARDING COVID-19 PANDEMIC” on 15 June 2020.

The Webinar was attended by more than 100 dignitaries from across Africa, including Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Angola, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Rwanda. It was also held in presence of dignitaries from China, associated in the sectors of political, business, academic, media and overseas Chinese representatives. Participants expressed their views on how to strengthen China-Africa cooperation, described the influence of Chinese and African media, and brainstormed ideas on helping African countries combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Sifiso Mahlangu, Head of the African News Agency. The participants were first addressed by H.E Li Nan, Charges d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa. Mr Miles Nan, president of Global Max Media Group, gave the opening speech, Mr Wang Wenan from South African Chinese Economic and Trade Association engages in his critical view, and Dr. Iqbal Surve, Executive Chairman of Independent Media made closing remarks. In addition, 17 renowned guest speakers engaged in in-depth discussion around the topics of civil communication, people-to-people exchange, and government cooperation between China and Africa.

The Webinar lasted over 4 hours, in which participants fully affirmed the positive significance of the meeting. Many of which expressed that they are inspired by the information that were communicated during the course of the meeting. The Webinar further deepened the mutual understanding between participants from China and Africa, which is of great significance to their future work and studies in the field.