Malawi Encourages African Countries To Collaborate With China For Digital Migration

Malawi's Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services has urged other African countries to make long-term investments in the development of internet so that they can build and operate successful digital television network with China.

The Minister made this statement at said at the opening of the 2018 Ministerial Workshop on Building and Operating Digital TV network for China and African Countries in Beijing added that lack of robust internet on the continent was affecting the migration to digital television which in turn rids citizens of their right to access to information.

The Minister said he is proud that although many African countries are on the path to migrate from analogue to digital television,  and that the Southern African nation will have achieved 80 per cent digital migration from analogue by the end of the year 2018, with support from Chinese owned Startimes.

The Minister went further to remark that: "Traditional media is facing a real challenge from digital media which is why African countries need to invest in internet development and adjust to fit the trend because new digital media is taking over."

Other African countries who were represented by their Information Ministers at the event in Beijing were; Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Guinea, and Niger.

The essence of this fourth forum was to announce the results that have been achieved since the last Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit which held in Johannesburg.

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