Zimpapers to get printing press from China

Zimpapers to get printing press from China
Published: 31 October 2013
A Chinese company has expressed willingness to avail a state-of-the-art printing press to the Zimpapers Group to be installed at the company's Bulawayo premises.

This came out when the Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Lin Lin paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Professor Jonathan Moyo at his Munhumutapa offices on Thursday afternoon.

Speaking to journalists soon after the closed door meeting, Ambassador Lin said the visit to the Chronicle offices in Bulawayo by the Minister showed that the printing press is out-dated and needs to be changed.

Ambassador Lin noted that the availability of a new printing press in Bulawayo is expected to further improve operations at Zimpapers as well as minimise the burden of transporting printed newspapers from Harare to Bulawayo.

Other publishers will also be able to utilise the Zimpapers printing press in Harare and Bulawayo.

A source close to the meeting also revealed that Professor Moyo and Ambassador Lin discussed the challenges being faced by companies in the country in procuring newsprint and the possibility of getting the commodity from China.

Professor Moyo also expressed appreciation to the Chinese government for the support rendered to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) through the procurement of state-of-the-art outside broadcasting (OB) vans, which have seen the national broadcaster becoming one of the few stations in the region with such high technology equipment.

However, the source revealed that Professor Moyo highlighted to the ambassador that there is now need to refurbish and digitalise studios at ZBC if people are to enjoy quality programmes that are being produced through the use of the high tech OB vans.

The June 2015 deadline to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting is another issue that also came under the spotlight.

Professor Moyo also briefed the ambassador on the progress made so far by the government in reviving the economy.

He discussed with the ambassador the objectives of the recently adopted Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZIM-ASSET) document, and the various clusters that have been set up under the economic framework.

Ambassador Lin told Professor Moyo that the Chinese Minister of Finance is ready to meet his Zimbabwean counterpart by end of next month.

He also revealed that his embassy is happy with the progress they have made with the new cabinet, unlike the previous cabinet which was characterised by discord, making it difficult for any progress to be realised.
- zbc


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