Govt. expresses confidence on digital switch over

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 Information and Broadcasting Services deputy Minister Mwansa Kapeya said that his ministry will ensure that necessary recommendations on how Zambia should proceed on digital migration are presented to cabinet soon.


 ZANIS reports that the Information and Broadcasting Services deputy Minister said this in an interview in Accra, Ghana, today at the end of his five days working visit.


 He said government is ready to provide policy direction and other support to ensure that Zambia migrates from analogue to digital terrestrial transmission before the 2015 deadline set by the International Telecommunications Union.


Mr Kapeya said his visit to Ghana has been worthwhile because the Zambian delegation learnt in greater details how that country has managed to implement the digital migration process ahead of the 2015 deadline.


He said the lessons learnt from the Ghanaian success story will enable the ministry and other stakeholders chart a way forward on how the country should proceed on digital migration.


During his visit to Ghana, Mr Kapeya held high levels talks with that country’s information and media relations minister, Mahama Ayariga before interacting with management of the National Communication Authority of Ghana and the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.


The deputy minister also met the senior officials of the National Media commission which is in charge of regulating media content.


Mr Kapeya was accompanied to Ghana by members of the Digital Migration Committee who included Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation(ZNBC) controller for television, Rose Chumpuka, National Arts Council chairperson, Mulenga Kapwepwe and Muvi Television director of technical services Daddy Chitalu.

Others senior officials from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services.

 The deputy minister is expected to leave for Zambia today via South Africa.