Mr Andy Yih-Ping Liu, Representative of Taipei Trade Office in Nigeria, on Friday said that Taiwan is probably one of the best role models for Nigeria to develop its non-oil economy.

Liu, also the Taiwanese ambassador to Nigeria, disclosed this in Lagos in a workshop organised by the Taipei Trade Office in Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the workshop was ‘2023: The Role of the Media’.

He said that although Nigeria and China have already had diplomatic relations, in terms of development, in terms of economic, and social education, Taiwan is probably one of the best role models for Nigeria to develop its non-oil economy.

“In Taiwan, the only thing we have is the human brain. And the only way we can make money is to import raw materials, process them to become end products and sell them,” he said.

Mr Roger Chen, Deputy Counselor, who presented the business session, talked about Taitra, a trade promotion network that helps businesses to connect.

He said that it was founded in 1970 with 1,300 specialists and five offices in Taiwan.

He said that Taitra is the eighth-largest textile importer in the world.

In its panel session, Mrs Adenike Tadese, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said that the media have a unique position as both conveyor and recipient of information.

Tadese, the Head of Department (HOD), voters education and publicity at INEC, said that media messages could shape public opinion and set agendas.

She said that the media should educate citizens by carrying out voter education and public enlightenment.

Also, Mrs Abiola Beckley, Lagos Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said that the right atmosphere must be created for the media.

Beckley said that media could not do it alone, adding “if media had to report accurately, there are other channels that had to support them.”

She appealed to all stakeholders and employers of media personnel to do the needful during elections.

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