by CHIMA AKWAJA, Lagos
Minister of Information and Culture of Nigeria, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is leading the nation’s delegation to the 7th African Digital TV Development Seminar hosted by StarTimes which kicked off on May 22nd, 2017 in Beijing, China. Over 400 delegates from 46 African and Asian countries are present at the seminar.
The seminar has in attendance more than 30 ministers of information and communication from African countries including Central Africa Republic, Chad, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, Zambia, DRC Congo and Ethiopia, is vowing to push the development of African television industry’s digital migration.
In the opening remarks, the President of StarTimes Group, Pang Xinxing said that the African Digital TV Development Seminar has grown into a platform for deeper cooperation and dialogue for the development of the radio and TV sectors in Africa.
Apart from hosting the annual event, Pang also mentioned that StarTimes is ready to complete the 10,000 Villages Satellite TV Project under the instruction of Chinese and African governments. The project is China-Africa cooperation announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation meeting in the 2015 Johannesburg Summit.
Lai Mahammed indicated digital migration had disrupted the traditional way of communication, saying a new world has been created where the life span of new products has continued to plummet.
The minister noted that the seminar provided an opportunity for African countries to share their experiences about the expansion of digital technology as well as planning for the future. He pointed out that StarTimes had provided a platform for Nigeria to expand the availability of digital TV and to achieve diversification of the country’s economy.