The China-aided satellite TV project in Mozambique was handed over to the government on Friday, benefitting 2.5 million residents in the country’s northern province of Nampula.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in the Murrupula district in Nampula, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi extended his thanks to the people and government of China, calling the project as “of great impact in promoting the well-being of Mozambicans now and in the future.”
He said the project contributes to the reduction of the digital and information gap between the Mozambican people who live in rural areas and the urban population of the country and the rest of the world.
“Mozambique will benefit from better access to information through the project. This will help citizens from anywhere in the country to have opinions and take better informed actions, as well as knowing their rights and duties towards the country, leading to the improvement of the democracy,” said Nyusi, quoted by Xinhua News Agency.
The President also congratulated the contractor StarTimes on their successful implementation of the project in adverse working conditions, saying the project “consolidates the relations of the two peoples and countries.”
With the implementation of the project that started in May 2018 in Mozambique’s 1,000 villages covering a total of 2.5 million residents, 20,000 households and 3,000 public sites in the country now have direct access to satellite TV programs.
Addressing the ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Mozambique Wang Hejun said 23,000 sets of satellite TV equipment, including TV sets, set-top boxes and supporting solar energy systems have been provided and installed for the beneficial villages.
“To ensure the long-term sustainability, the contractor StarTimes has also provided training to more than 2,200 local technicians, many of whom have now become specialists that work for the project’s customer care system,” said the ambassador.