The Japanese Government on Friday handed over television equipment to Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) worth K460 Million that will help the public broadcaster in its role of disseminating information to the public.
Speaking during the handover ceremony held at MBC’s Kwacha Studios in Blantyre, Ambassador of Japan to Malawi Kae Yanagisawa said the new equipment will generate content of high and international standard for MBC.
“The newly mounted equipment will enhance the efficiency of MBC in program development and improve their capabilities in producing timely, accurate, quality and impartial information to the public,” Yanagisawa said.
She added that the equipment will also help MBC in providing guidance for peaceful, free and fair elections in the upcoming 2019 tripartite elections.
The donated equipment includes video cameras, boom microphones, computers and a set of editing suite among others.
The donation is part of an agreement signed in February, 2017 between the two governments under the Cultural Grant Assistance Scheme worth over 71 million Japanese Yen.
Under the agreement, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) intends to provide support to MBC in terms of television broadcasting equipment in return for beaming Japanese Television Programs in agriculture, health care, mathematics and science.
Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Nicholas Dausi hailed the Japanese Government for the donation, saying it was a timely gesture as the country is holding the general elections in 2019.
“This equipment will help MBC to keep the public informed through the flow of information and interaction between government and the people,” Dausi said.
The minister then appealed to other development partners to emulate the example set by the Japanese Government in assisting in the development of media in the country.
He also called on MBC staff to take good care of the equipment so that it should last long in serving the nation through information dissemination.
Board chair for MBC, Reverend Billy Gama was also grateful for the donation, saying it is going to change the landscape of the television industry in Malawi.
“We are the biggest media house in Malawi and the equipment we have received is of high standard which will make us stand tall as a mother broadcaster.
“While competing with the international media, other television stations in Malawi will also learn more from us,” Gama said.
He added that the coming of high quality equipment will help MBC to timely reach all areas in the country with information and quality television experience.