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China’s candidate for UNESCO Director-General post calls on Deputy Minister for Education

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The Deputy Minister for Education, Mrs. Barbara Asher Ayisi, who sat in for the Minister, has received. Dr. Quian Tang, China’s nominee for the post of Director-General of UNESCO, to replace the current Director –General, on Thursday, 15th June, 2017 in Accra.

Hon. Barbara Asher Ayisi welcome him and the Chinese delegation to Ghana which included the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Madam Sun Baohong.

She recalled the warm reception accorded by Dr. Tang when the Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh,, paid a courtesy call on him during the 201st  Session of the Executive Board.in Paris.

Hon. Barbara Asher Ayisi further mentioned the strong bond of friendship that has existed over the years between the People’s Republic of China and the Government of Ghana in the areas of education and trade, citing many educational fellowships that are placed at the disposal of Ghana within the context of the UNESCO Fellowships Programme and China’s varied fellowships with African countries in general.

In view of these and several other interventions from China, the deputy minister  assured him that Ghana had taken note of his request and wished him the very best in his campaign.

The deputy minister was speaking during a courtesy call on her by Dr. Qian Tang the Chinese candidate, nominated by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, for the post of Director-General of UNESCO and current Assistant Director-General for Education since April 2010 on Thursday, 15th June, 2017.

Responding to the deputy minister’s remarks, Dr. Tang expressed his appreciation for the reception and further reiterated his vision for UNESCO if elected Director-General.

According to him, he had been sponsored by the Government of China to embark on the lobbying trips to Ghana and other African member countries to solicit for Ghana’s support for the upcoming elections scheduled to be held during the 39th Session of the General Conference in October/November.

Commenting on the reason why he feels that he’s the right person to be voted as the next Director-General of UNESCO, he indicated that for the organisation’s mission to be more relevant in these financially difficult times, there is the need for fundamental reforms.

He said member states, particularly developing and least developed countries, need capacity building as well as other forms of assistance.

Dr. Tang noted that as an insider who is weel conversant with Issues in UNESCO, he would, when voted for, cause the organisation to leverage on her soft power to use dialogue as a means to seek the necessary cooperation of all member states.

Dr. Tang Said that he had served for more than seven as Assistant Director-General for Education of UNESCO, having joined the organisation in 1993, and noted that the organisation needed a strong and visionary leader who can mobilize intellectuals and guide the future orientation of humanity.

He indicated that as the Assistant Director-General in charge of Education, he has been in charge of mobilising extra budgetary resources and has performed creditably in steering UNESCO’s Education Programme, which is the largest.

He hopes to give more priority to Africa when given the nod and further assured of an increase in his country’s support to UNESCO, and therefore appealed to Ghana to lobby the other 11 African countries on the UNESCO Executive Board to vote for him.

 

The aspiring Director-General of UNESCO, disclosed that the UNESCO Executive Board is made up of 58 members including Ghana and 11 other African countries and one has to win with not less than 30 votes out of the 58-member Executive Board, thus his visit to Ghana and later to the other African countries.

Presentation of gift

In appreciation of the warm reception accorded him, Dr. Tang presented a photo of a Chinese cultural heritage site to the Minister.


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