France has congratulated Zambia on her successful migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting under phase one of the country’s digital migration programme.
The country has since offered its radio and television channels, among them France 24, as a way of assisting Zambia boost its content as the country migrates from analogue to digital television broadcasting
French Ambassador to Zambia Emmanuel Cohet said this in Lusaka today when he paid a courtesy call on Information and Broadcasting Services Minister and Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili at his office.
“France is interested in widening its cooperation with Zambia as the country migrates from analogue to digital broadcasting. France 24, for example, has a very strong focus on Africa which we feel could be a good channel to have on the Zambian digital television platform,” said Ambassador Cohet who was flanked by French Head of Media, Film and Music for the Southern African region Frederic Chambon and Head of French Partner Radio Network, Anne Roger.
Ambassador Cohet said France is also keen to explore areas of cooperation with the Independent Broadcasting Authority, IBA, with a view to assisting the organization’s regulatory capacity of the broadcasting sector under the new digital dispensation.
“Digital migration will entail a high demand for content. It is therefore France’s desire to work with the IBA in stimulating the production of local content so that Zambia’s television channels under the digital platform, are not saturated with foreign content,” said Ambassador Cohet.
The Ambassador also hailed the excellent and long-standing relations between Zambia and France, saying the two countries continue to cooperate in many areas of development for mutual benefit.
He said over 20 French companies are currently operating in Zambia in various sectors and more are keen to invest in the country because of its attractive investment climate.
And Mr Kambwili said Government is excited with France’s offer of television channels such as France 24 under Zambia’s new digital television broadcasting platform.
“We have begun our digital migration on the line of rail with four channels out of the potential 20. This means that we need more content to fill the remaining gap. Your offer of channels on our digital platform, therefore, is timely.” said Hon. Kambwili.
The Minister also requested France to consider assisting Zambia News and Information Service, ZANIS, with television cameras to enhance the organization’s collection and dissemination of news and other informational programmers in rural areas.
This is contained in a statement released to ZANIS by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Press and Public Relations Unit.