Namibia and Zimbabwe renew information sharing agreement

29 Jun 2017 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibia’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services have reviewed their information sharing agreement in light of new developments.
The agreement, which was first signed by the two ministries in 2004, was revised by Ministers Tjekero Tweya of Namibia and Dr Christopher Mushohwe of Zimbabwe in the capital on Thursday.
It was signed at the end of a meeting between the two governments, which commenced on Monday, under the leadership of the ministries’ permanent secretaries (PSs).
“Both Namibia and Zimbabwe are at various stages of implementing digitalisation programmes which when complete, will have far-reaching impacts on the information sectors of the two countries,” said Namibian PS Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana.
Ua-Ndjarakana and his Zimbabwean counterpart George Charamba further agreed that there is a need to take the countries’ relationship to greater heights given their pre-independence ties.
Tweya said Namibia and Zimbabwe should not compromise on communication and information technology, while Mushohwe applauded both governments’ efforts to create a framework of cooperation in information and media.
The ministries reviewed agreements between the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, New Era and Zimpapers as well as the Namibia Press Agency and New Ziana of Zimbabwe.
These media houses have agreed to, amongst others, carry out training exchange programmes, share news, pictures and audio-visual material, respectively.