Kinshasa, September 10th, 2021 (CPA).– The Minister in charge of Communication and Media, Patrick Muyaya Katembwe, examined, on Thursday, during a working session, with the head of Africa union broadband services (AUBS), Stanly Ndetah, ways and means, within the framework of a partnership, to support the supervisory authority of the said ministry in the reform of the Congolese National Radio Television (RTNC).
According to the head of AUBS, this partnership will consist of reforming the infrastructure of the studio and RTNC offices in the provinces by providing equipment. He said that for a start, in addition to Kinshasa, the capital, some cities in the eastern part of the country will be concerned, namely: Beni, Goma and Bukavu, adding that the choice made in this part of the country is explained by the concern to change the narrative of these cities in the throes of wars.
Speaking to the press after the working session, Chief of Staff Nicolas Lianza said the Minister was very interested in this initiative.
« We have received a partner of choice who has expressed interest in RTNC modernization project », he said. This will concern four components, namely: infrastructure with the rehabilitation and construction of buildings, the technical component which concerns equipment in broadcasting, production and transmission materials, the program with broadcasts that meet the expectations of the population, as well as human resources.
To this end, joint meetings between the two parties are planned in the coming days, it is reported.
The operators of the cable distribution sector received by Minister Muyaya
In addition, the Minister in charge of Communication and Media, Patrick Muyaya Katembwe, exchanged on Thursday with operators in the cable sector operating in DRC, with a view to creating a framework for permanent consultation between the ministry and tele-distributors.
“Today was a meeting to get in touch with the minister since his appointment as head of our ministry. We had to show him our civilities. It was also an opportunity to talk about the creation of a permanent consultation framework between the ministry, the general secretariat and us, the tele-distributors”, declared Simon Tshibengabu Kalonji, managing director of Premium Sarl.
Regarding the license fee, the cable television companies undertake to pay to the public treasury in accordance with the financial laws of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We reassured the Minister that we will also pay a royalty for the promotion of RTNC. It is among the subjects that we will frequently address in the framework of consultation that we will create recently”, he added.
Minister Patrick Muyaya asked the bosses of these companies to put their concerns and their proposals in the same document to allow him to react well during his mandate.
The delegation of cable operators was made up of Mediasat, Primsat, Canal Plus, Bleusat, Titan, and Premium.
The General Secretary for Communication and Media, the temporary General Director and the Director in charge of the license fee at RTNC took part in this meeting.