The President, StarTimes Group, Mr Pang Xinxing, says the firm is committed to developing China-Africa radio and television cooperation.
He stated this at the eighth edition of the African Digital TV Development Seminar, a strategic think-tank for stakeholders in the African broadcasting industry and usually facilitated by the StarTimes Group.
The seminar, which commenced on June 28, had in attendance over 400 delegates, dignitaries, heads of broadcasting corporations and guests from 48 African and Asian countries.
“The focus was on reviewing trends, developments and cooperation towards digitalising broadcasting in Africa as well as the Over-the-Top industry, which is upgrading African television landscape,” Xinxing said.
While declaring the seminar open, he called for a new stage of development for China-Africa radio and television cooperation.
“In order to adapt to the requirements of media development under the Internet environment, StarTimes developed a content distribution platform based on its own network, content resources as well as strong research and development capacities.
“We are very pleased to be at the forefront of helping Africa to gradually make a transition to a modern and intelligent society,” Xinxing said.
On his path, the Deputy Director, State Council Information Office of China, Mr Guo Weimin, told participants that China had continued to foster growth of the media in Africa as part of developmental strategies for Africa in the overall China-Africa cooperation.
“With many high-level exchanges happening, this year is, no doubt, very important for the relationship between China and Africa,” he said.
Weimin added that the China-Africa relationship had now entered an all-time high because of a promising progress in partnerships.
The Minister of Communication and Media, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lambert Omalanga, commended StarTimes for the level of progress achieved so far in actualising digital broadcasting in Africa, saying that the pace of progress should be increased by governments in Africa to enable the total digitalisation of broadcasting in Africa within a short time.
StarTimes hosted the First African Digital TV Development Seminar in 2011. Since then, the seminar is said to have been a much-discussed phenomenon in Africa’s television industry and an important platform for delegates from various countries to share their experiences and suggestions on the promotion of digital migration in Africa, thus making StarTimes a thought leader in digital broadcasting in Africa.
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