Nigeria has joined other countries across Africa and Asia to discuss the frontiers of digital television in driving economic growth as the 7th African Digital TV Development Seminar hosted by StarTimes kicked off on Monday in Beijing.
According to a statement, 400 delegates from 46 African and Asian countries were present at the seminar, including over 30 ministers of information and communication from African countries, such as Nigeria, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, Zambia, DRC Congo and Ethiopia, vowing to push the development of African TV industry’s digital migration.
In the opening remarks, the President of StarTimes Group, Mr.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 according to the statement, also mentioned that Star- Times was ready to complete the 10 Thousand 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. Vice Minister of China State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television, Mr. Tong Gang, addressed at the opening of the seminar:
Speaking at the forum, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture of Nigeria, Mr. Lai Mohammed, 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.
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