The Korean Ambassador to Ghana, Lyeo Woon-Ki, last Tuesday paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the New Times Corporation (NTC), Ms Carol Annang.
The visit provided for the ambassador the opportunity to famialiarise himself with the operations of the Corporation and also congratulate Ms Annang on her appointment as the new MD .
The discussions between the two, among other things, centred on the need to strengthen the relationship between the Embassy and the NTC, for their mutual benefit.
In her welcome address, Ms Annang said plans were underway to deploy the latest printing technology to improve the quality of the newspapers.
“We are currently shopping around for the best technology which will suit our operations”.
The move also involves putting up an ultra-modern office complex for the Corporation, and diversifying the operations and product portfolios of the corporation,” she disclosed.
She said in view of the keen competition in the printing and newspaper industry, there is the need to digitise and automate the processes, to improve the products of the Corporation in order to meet the demands of the market.
Ms Annang said in spite of the emergence of the social media, there is still “room for the newspaper industry in Ghana” due to the high cost and low internet penetration, saying the corporation is positioning itself to tap the opportunities that exist in the industry.
She said the management of the corporation is putting strategies in place to fully develop an internet version of the newspapers so that readers can read on-line irrespective of their locations.
While stressing on the need to deepen the collaboration between the Korean Embassy and the NTC, Ms Annang called on Korea to make its printing technology available to Ghana, in view of the inroads the country had achieved in the printing industry.
Mr Woon-Ki, in his remarks lauded Ms Annang for the warm reception accorded him, and presented her a gift.
He pledged his outfit’s commitment to collaborate with the NTC in the area of capacity building, noting that Korea has developed training programmes to build the capacities of Ghanaian journalists.
By Kingsley Asare