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Zambian ministers visit StarTimes HQ during FOCAC Summit

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President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe, Communications and Transport Minister Brian Mushimba and Huawei Senior vice-president Li Da Feng

Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba paid a visit to StarTimes Group headquarters in Beijing this week, during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
Hon. Mushimba was accompanied on Tuesday by Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela, Minister of Presidential Affairs Freedom Sikazwe, and Minister of Mines and Minerals Richard Musukua.

The Zambian delegation had a meeting with the President of StarTimes Group, Pang Xinxing, where Hon. Mushimba commended StarTimes for their role in the “10,000 African Villages” satellite TV project, as well as digital TV migration.

Mr. Pang thanked the ministers for their visit and noted that StarTimes looks forward to further cooperation with Zambian government in the future.Vice President of StarTimes Group, Guo Ziqi then led the Zambian delegation on a tour of StarTimes headquarters.

On October 1 2017, the Zambian government officially began digital television migration, with the switch off of analogue signals. The aim of the move is to totally upgrade the Zambian TV industry, and bridge the ‘digital divide’ between rural and urban communities.

TopStar – a joint venture company created between ZNBC and StarTimes – has been authorized by the government to oversee digital migration in the country.

The “Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages” project is a China-Africa Cooperation program, which was announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping on December 4th, 2015 when he was present at the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

The project aims to enable African families in rural areas to have access to digital signal with high-quality images and TV programs that are educational as well as entertaining.

18 COMMENTS

    • IndigoTyrol
      Just look how happy these leaders are while selling our beautiful country. The Chinese can not believe their luck. The facts are all countries in the world have migrated to digital TV. Zambia started this process way back, and got all sorts of loans to implement this transition. Nothing ever happened. Well, apart from mansions being built in Swaziland and Uganda.
    • Sharon
      The most useress opposition leader to come to the Zambian political scene is CHILDISH. The most useress organisation to do so is the Tribal H-Organisation also known as UPND.
  1. Titus Musankwa
    ECL should consider Brian Mashimba, Vincent Mwale or Alexander Chiteme as possible successors to the PF Presidency, we need young vibrant and intelligent young men to lead this country
  2. Njimbu
    President Edgar Lungu should groom Hon.Bowman Lusambo,Brian Mushimba or Vincent Mwale to replace him as PF president!!
    • Lipkwa
      Are leaders groomed? What type of thinking is that? In a democratic nation, people compete for leadership and not wait for someone to groom them. Even those aspiring to be MPs should not be adopted at party level. They are supposed to complete rather than be chosen by a small group of people.
  3. Spaka
    All well and good to have a digital migration , but not at $250 million, to add salt to injury we are were told studios will be built in 14 provinces in that cost but only 3 studios are built and we got 5 outside broadcast vans for instead of the other 10 studios.....
    • IndigoTyrol
      Soon they will stop building prisons in China, and start send convicts to Zambia. These convicts will own vast amounts of land and farms. They will employ natives to work these farms. And they will be doing your wives and daughters. And mothers. Meanwhile, Lungu will be in Swaziland eating mangoes dancing to dununa reverse. This is what is coming citizens. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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