Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya has thanked China for its continued support toward the development of the country’s television industry.
Ms Siliya says China has continued to play a significant role in the implementation of many projects in Zambia, including digital migration.
Speaking when StarTimes Group President Pang Xin Xin paid a courtesy call on her this morning, Ms Siliya said Zambia is grateful to China for the Village Television project which has targeted the most rural parts.
She said this is key to realising Government’s vision of providing universal access to television.
Ms Siliya also says Government will be happy if StarTimes considered Zambia for the film academy the company intends to establish in Africa.
And Ms Siliya also directed officials in the Ministry to quickly workout ways through which Zambia can benefit from the fifty thousand scholarships in the television broadcasting sector pledged by China at the last Forum on China- Africa Cooperation -FOCAC-
meeting held in Beijing.
And Mr Pang says despite the digital migration project nearing the end, the industry staff are not well trained in digital technology and there is need to train Zambians on site.
Mr Pang says there is need for Zambia to create a content production training centre and that the project can be submitted to the Chinese Government for support Under the resolutions from FOCAC.
Mr. Pang, who is also TopStar Board Chairman, said it is his company’s desire to contribute to the development of Zambia’s television and film industry.
TopStar is Zambia’s public signal distributor co-owned by StarTimes and ZNBC.
And Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation – ZNBC- Board Chairperson Mulenga Kapwepwe says the impact of digital migration is being felt and appreciated by the public who are enjoying quality television.
Ms. Kapwepwe said this during the visit of StarTimes Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pang Xin Xing and StarTimes delegation who also toured the newly refurbished studios.
She says the joint venture has enabled the country to successfully migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting.
Ms. Kapwepwe says ZNBC is now a shining example on the continent as several countries which include Lesotho and Kenya have visited the country to see how Zambia is implementing the digital migration programme.
And Mr. Pang praised the National broadcaster for providing quality content using limited equipment.
Mr. Pang says with the implementation of digital migration programme, ZNBC now has state-of-the-art broadcasting equipment.