Government has commended MultiChoice – Zambia for its role in the development of the Television sub-sector in the country.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya says Multichoice has also continued to play a significant role in the development of the local film industry by providing opportunities for the young upcoming Zambian artist and film producers.
Speaking when a team of officials from MultiChoice paid a courtesy call on her in Lusaka today, Ms. Siliya, who is also Chief Government Spokesperson, said Government will continue to consult and rely on the expertise of the company to grow the local broadcasting sector.
She said with the experience the company has amassed in the many years it has been operating, Multichoice is well placed to advise the ministry on how best the sector can thrive and effectively contribute to the country’s economy.
Ms. Siliya said Government remains open to receiving ideas and proposals that can help spur the development of television and the film industry from all players in the sector.
“We want to ensure that the sector thrives and all players in the value chain make a living,” she said.
And Ms. Siliya said Government is happy that multichoice has decided to move its Southern African regional office to Zambia.
She said the move is an important recognition of the country’s good economic policies.
The Minister advised the company to ensure that Zambians are given first priority when job opportunities arise as a result of the new development.
“I am happy this meeting is taking place at a time when you have moved your regional office here in Zambia and this is an assurance that you are here to stay and have a thriving market,” Ms. Siliya said.
Speaking earlier, Multichoice regional Director for Southern Africa, Nyiko Shiburi thanked Government for the support it has continued to render to his company.
Mr. Shiburi assured the Minister that his company will continue to be an active player in the television sub-sector and will support Government efforts to grow the film industry.
He said the establishment of the multichoice regional film academy to be based in Zambia, is one of the many initiatives by the company to help grow the sector.
“Hon. Minister we are happy to continue our business in this country and appreciate the support and guidance we have continued to receive from your ministry and Government as a whole,” said Mr. Shiburi.
He said the Zambian film industry has potential to grow and effectively contribute to the economy if well managed.
“I assure you that we will do everything within our means to ensure that we support the local film industry through our regional film academy to be based here in Zambia where in the first phase we intend to train 20 filmmakers, artist, producers and many others in this sector. Half of the trainees will be Zambians and the rest will come from countries in the region.
Mr. Shiburi was accompanied by Multichoice-Zambia General Manager, Ngoza Matakala and other senior officials.