Vice President of International Film and Television Schools (CILECT), Professor Zhang Hui Jun, made the commendation when he paid a courtesy call on Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Information Minister, yesterday, in Accra.
According to Prof Jun, the initiative has enhanced the international credentials of the Institute and made it one of the best on the continent.
Prof Jun who is also the President of the Beijing Film Academy said, NAFTI, as an institution, has over the years won the admiration of many sister institutions for being the only African institute to be a member of CELLECT, an International umbrella body of Film and Television Schools.
The CILECT vice president expressed his outfit’s willingness to support NAFTI with equipments, training and exchange programmes and financial aids and added, ‘’NAFTI has a great potential that must be harnessed to make it the leading film institute in Africa.”
The Rector of NAFTI, Prof Linus Abraham who accompanied the delegation was full of praise for the Beijing Film Academy for the intended support for the institute.
He noted that NAFTI is instituting measures that would ultimately make it a leading learning centre of the arts on the continent.
He said his Institute has also earned partnership deal with the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany.’’
Prof Abraham disclosed the Institute’s plans to become a fully fledged university after rolling out its masters programme this year. ‘’NAFTI aims to accomplish its blueprint by relocating to a bigger area near Dawenya near Tema and subsequently establishing itself as a university’’. He added.
Receiving the delegation, Mr Ablakwa acknowledged the contribution of the Chinese Government to the development of the arts media in the country. He recalled the involvement of China in building the country’s only theatre edifice, the National Theatre.
The Deputy Minister also lauded the performance of the Chinese economy, which has become the fastest growing economy in the world. He stated that China is a ‘’shining example in their own models of development, of which Ghana is emulating under the Better Ghana Agenda’’.
Mr Ablakwa explained the significance of the film industry in the development of a country and said film has the ability to impact on the conscience and mentality of people towards development.
The Minister reaffirmed Government’s commitment in promoting the industry and assured the delegation of Government’s support in the institute’s bid to become a fully fledged university.
Source: ISD (Elvis Adjei-Baah)