JIFORM Seeks Collaboration With Chinese Embassy

From left: Hva, a consular assistant, Dr Ajibola Abayoni, President of the Journalists International Forum For Migration- JIFORM, Jin Ming Yu, the Deputy Consul General, China Embassy in Nigeria and Bamiteko Rotimi Williams, a consultant to the JIFORM during a visit to the embassy in Lagos on March 1, 2023.

The Journalists International Forum For Migration, JIFORM has urged the Chinese embassy in Nigeria to work with the body to further promote trade facilitation and migration matters through media education.
Ajibola Abayomi, President of the JIFORM, during a recent visit to the Lagos office of the embassy, asked for support on capacity building for journalists covering migration to achieve better understanding of the trade opportunities in China and on migration reportage.
“Chinese people, no doubt, are endowed with trade, technology, and construction skills. The JIFORM has been promoting purposeful migration of Nigerians to China and several countries over the years.
“We are here to seek your support regarding knowledge-sharing to improve the capacity of the JIFORM members in the reportage of economic and migration policies involving China.
“We are also open to collaboration that will encourage regular migration to strengthen the relationship between us and your embassy, as well as promoting better working relationships with the Nigerian government on foreign policies” Ajibola said.
Responding, Jin Ming Yu, the Deputy Consul General of the embassy lauded the JIFORM for the visit and pledged to review proposals to support media capacity building.
Yu said that many Nigerians over the years, had established businesses in China while the Chinese people too had also played some important roles in the Nigerian technology and construction sectors.
The deputy envoy reiterated the desire to work with the JIFORM to promote quality information about trade and investment activities of the embassy in Nigeria.
The JIFORM delegation, led by Ajibola, also included Bamiteko Rotimi Williams and Bola Adebola.
JIFORM is a non-profit body comprising over 300 journalists and other volunteers across the continents covering migration matters.
Since 2019, the organisation has become a major force organising series of local and international capacity building training for journalists and other stakeholders. In 2021, it initiated the annual African Migration Summit held in Ghana, in partnership with the Nekotech Center of Excellence, Accra; the West African Media Migration Summit in Lome, Togo, and held its 3rd Global Migration Summit in Toronto, Canada, in October 2022.
The media foundation, in collaboration with the City University, New York City, USA, between November 2-4, 2022 in Brooklyn, hosted the international migration summit.

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