MoI, JICA hold workshop on development of broadcasting sector in Nay Pyi Taw

Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun delivers the speech at the workshop on the development of broadcaster MRTV in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun delivers the speech at the workshop on the development of broadcaster MRTV in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

The Ministry of Information and the Japan International Cooperation Agency conducted a workshop on the development of broadcaster MRTV yesterday at the ministry in Nay Pyi Taw.
In his opening remarks at the workshop, Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun urged participants to openly discuss matters related to promoting the state-owned broadcast, stressing the important role of cooperation between Myanmar and Japan in the media sector for promoting bilateral relations, mutual understanding, and cooperation.
With the help of Japan, Myanmar had launched the colour TV in 1980, and that has been a milestone in relations between the two countries, he said.
Afterwards, Mr Masayuki Karasawa, the Chief Representative of JICA (Myanmar), explained the purpose of the workshop.
MRTV and JICA are carrying out a four-year project for building the capacity of MRTV staff and broadcasting public interest programs, and the 2019-2020 fiscal year is the final year of project. At the workshop, officials from JICA and MRTV discussed the achievement so far of the project, the current technical cooperation, cooperation in developing MRTV, the Draft Code of Ethics for MRTV, the reporters’ handbook, drafts of broadcasting guidelines, and suggestions for expanding human interest programmes. They also discussed efforts for improving the broadcasting sector with JICA’s support, producing public interest programmes, and plans for the fourth year of the project.
The first ever colour TV broadcaster came to Myanmar in 1980, with the help of the Japanese Sasakawa Foundation and ODA loans from JICA. With the help of the Japan cultural fund in 2013, 383 programmes from NHK were broadcast by the MRTV. The fourth upgrade of machinery and studios with the use of JICA’s ODA grant will be completed this year. — MNA (Translated by KZL)

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