China produces 10 computers and 35 phones per second: official

Paulus Shiku

BEIJING: China produces 10 computers and 35 mobile phones per second for sale inside the country and outside, a senior Chinese government official has revealed.

“Our government continues to step forward in making China the powerful manufacturing country in the world,” said Gehua Li, the president of the China Research and Training Institute of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

Presenting statistics on China’s national development and business conditions to Namibian journalists and media officials attending a radio and television seminar here, Gehua said in the past 10 years China provided employment to 100 million people, but because the country has a big population, this number is small.

He said out of a population of more than one billion, 717 million young Chinese people graduate from institutions of higher learning every year, making employment creation a challenge in his country.

He further said China publishes 50 billion newspapers and 8.3 million books every year.

Gehua acknowledged that there are challenges of uneven development between the urban and rural areas, bridging the gap between the rich and poor, and reducing air pollution and corruption.

According to his statistics, 85 million people in China live with disabilities.

He also described China as a ‘gardening’ nation, noting that it produced 600 million tonnes of produce in 2013.

“China is one of the engines in the growth of the international economy. There is a saying that anything is possible, and therefore I believe you, Namibian people, can also find ways to develop your country,” he encouraged.

The Namibian delegation consists of 29 journalists, media officials and radio presenters.

In attendance are media officials from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) and journalists from One Africa Television, Nampa, New Era, Energy 100FM, Southern Times as well as representatives of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) television and radio stations.

This is the first time that members of the Namibian media have been invited to China for such a seminar.

The seminar is scheduled to end on 30 April, and the Namibian delegation is expected home on 04 May.