FOCAC 2018 ends, StarTimes commits to meet December deadline

Written by  McDonald Chiwayula

China based private media group – StarTimes has reaffirmed its commitment to ensure that 500 villages across Malawi have access to satellite digital television by end of this year. Chairperson and President for the company was speaking during an audience with President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika in Beijing, China.

President Prof. Mutharika interacting  with StarTimes  management President Prof. Mutharika interacting with StarTimes management

The Malawi leader commended the Chinese media company for its urge to get television closer to people in rural areas. He then pledged his Government’s commitment to provide security and good fiscal policies as a way of creating a conducive environment for thriving of businesses in Malawi.

President Mutharika remarked, “Iam very excited with this project. It will improve the quality of life in the rural areas. I am hopeful that as you earlier promised the 500 villages will have access to television programs and information by the end of this year.”

On his part, Chairman and President of StarTimes made an reassurance that the 500 villages in Malawi will have access to television by December this year. He also requested President Mutharika to visit the company’s secretariat in Beijing, China to appreciate the efforts underway to make the 500 villages television project a reality.

“We’ll see, I will let you know if it would be possible to visit your place and see what is going on there. We have a tight schedule and other companies have also invited us but we’ll not manage to do so due to the tight schedule but we’ll do our best,” responded President Mutharika.

Under the Initiative, beneficiaries will be able to access over 20 local and international channels for free. The Malawi leader officially inaugurated the project last month at Mponela in Dowa.

According to internet sources, StarTimes is a Chinese multinational media company with strong presence in Africa. It offers digital terrestrial television and satellite television services to consumers. StarTimes also provides digital television technologies to countries and television broadcasting industries which are switching from analog to digital television.

StarTimes is touted to be a leading digital TV-operator across Sub-Saharan Africa. Its arrival on African market disrupted traditional model of TV industry by making Pay TV affordable to every family and not only to the upper class. As of May 2017, StarTimes operates in 30 countries and serves 10 million subscribers


Delegates to FOCAC 2018, leave the summit venue


Meanwhile the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit has ended with co-chairpersons for the event Xi Jinping, President of China and Presdent of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa reaffirming that the new $60 billion pledge to Africa will go a long way in entrenching relations between China and African countries and is a big boost in the fight against diseases and poverty on the continent.

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