Zambia promises favourable digital migration policy

By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia

The Zambian government has promised broadcasters in the country that it will come up with a good digital migration policy that will be acceptable to everyone this time around.

Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Kennedy Sakeni has said the Zambian government remains committed to providing broadcasters in the country with a favourable Draft Digital Migration Policy, after the first draft policy was rejected by seven broadcasters.

Sakeni told local QFm radio that following the rejection of the first draft digital migration by the private broadcasters this year, the Zambian government remains committed to drafting an acceptable one while complaining that the government has so far not received any contributions from the concerned stakeholders on what should contained in the new draft policy.

Sakeni said: “stakeholders (broadcasters) are welcome to make their contributions to the draft by submitting their contributions to this office.”

He said the Zambian government does not want to let down the broadcasters by way of giving them something they are not happy with.

Sakeni said government cannot say no to constructive contributions from various stakeholders because the policy is for the people of Zambia and not for government.

He adds that it is not fair for broadcasters to suggest that the document seemed to be a final document rather than a draft copy and gave the impression it was developed without their consultation. 

Sakeni said all stakeholders should present their submissions to the ministry as per the International telecommunications (ITU) stipulations before coming up with the final document.


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