The Ambassador of Lebanon to Ghana, Maher Kheir, has called on journalists to invest in research as it has the potential to further Ghana's cultural co-operation agenda with other nations.
According to him, the world had become a global village with countries closely linked to one another “and as such, events in one country affect another.
“This interconnectedness, therefore, requires that journalists and media organisations have ample information of other countries in order to situate global events within their proper context to aid development,” he said.
He made the call at the maiden edition of the GIJ-Lebanese Community Research Seminar for post-graduate students at the institute.
The seminar is an initiative of the Lebanese Embassy under the auspices of Mr Kheir.
It will, among other things, equip beneficiaries of the Lebanese community scholarship programme with research-based knowledge about other countries such as Lebanon to boost bilateral and cultural co-operation.
At the event, some of the students presented research papers on Ghanaian-Lebanese topics bordering on education, economy, health, tourism among others.
“I believe that the experience has been educative and helpful to you all. Your recent graduation and academic success prove it. This exposure to other cultures is the key to discovering more about the world,” he said.
He also noted that journalists needed such panoramic view of the world to build bridges that brought people together.
He stressed that Lebanese had been in Ghana for over a century and were an integral part of its social fabric but many Ghanaians seem to know little about them.
”As we share ideas here, you’ll be empowered with adequate information about Lebanon-Ghana relations and the role of the Lebanese community in Ghana as well as explore ways to advance this historical relationship,” he noted.
According to the diplomat, the research seminar will be the gateway to build an organic relationship between Ghanaians and Lebanese. It will give students the opportunity to learn about Lebanese culture and vice versa.
The Dean of the Graduate School at the GIJ, Dr Adu Bempah Brobbey, said the seminar was a good initiative which would broaden the scope of students.
He gave the assurance that the management of the institute remained committed to raising students who would become active contributors to society’s growth by offering solutions to needs.
The Coordinator of the scholarship programme, Mr Ashkaar Naaman, noted that the Lebanese community in the country was keen on deepening its relationship with Ghanaians through quality education.
He commended the students for a good research done and promised that the community would continue to support them to maximise their potentials.