China to help Malawi media in technology, skill development – Minister

China says is committed to support the media in Malawi through strengthening of cooperation in the broadcasting and film sectors.

Minister of Information and Civic Education, Moses Kunkuyu  said this after he returned from China on Saturday where he attended a meeting dubbed the Forum on China Africa Media Cooperation, scheduled from 22 to 25 August.

Kunkuyu said their meeting drew participants from government ministers and heads of media organizations including privately manned institutions from 42 African countries.

The grouping included also representatives of African Union, African Union of Broadcasting and China.

Kunkuyu: Malawi media to get China support

Said Kunkuyu: ‘‘We agreed to strengthen cooperation in the broadcasting and film sectors.”

He said they found it important to promote ‘technological exchanges and cooperation through actively conducting exchanges and cooperation in broadcasting and film production and in broadcasting technology.

Among others, Kunkuyu said the meeting also agreed to strengthen exchanges in the development strategies and policies of broadcasting and film sectors share each other’s useful experiences to help develop suitable transmition of information.

‘‘As Malawi we stand to benefit a lot in areas of technological exchanges as well as human resource.

“We need equipment such as good modern cameras, outside broadcasting vans. This opportunity can provide us with a better solution about our radio, filming and television challenges in our country.

‘‘I visited and talked to the president of China Central Television(CCTV), China Radio International(CRI) and China International Broadcasting Network(CIBN), all who are willing to support us in some of our areas of need,” he said.

He said his working visit to China has helped him to start working with the private media houses in Malawi, adding “I will touch base with the private TV and Radios so that we see how they can also benefit from these arrangements.

“I would like to give a chance to the 15 media houses we recently gave licenses to benefit from this development initiated by China, so that they too have a well developed human resource base, to communicate efficiently, “said Kunkuyu.

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