By Staff Reporter
HARARE – The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa yesterday met with the Canada’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe to discuss about strengthening the media relations of the two countries.
In an interview after the courtesy call, Minister Mutsvangwa said it was a pleasure to have met the ambassador highlighting that they discussed various areas of cooperation especially in the media sector focusing on how journalists of two nations can collaborate in as much as executing their duties is concerned.
She said Zimbabwe was willing to cooperate with any country for mutual benefit as part of its engagement and re-engagement drive.
Opportunities for partnerships, she said were vital and need to be embraced.
“As the Ministry of Information there are a lot of opportunities for partnerships. I have had an opportunity to work with women institutions in Canada. We also want to work with our counterpart in Canada so that we bench mark. We want our journalists to report from a point of exposure,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.
The Minister said she also briefed Ambassador Buchan on the various media reforms that have been implemented in the Second Republic including the licensing of commercial televisions and opening up or airwaves.
“For the first time we have issued licenses in 40 years. Have also gone further to license community radio stations. This is what we have been talking about we want to move with everyone.
“This is what the President, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa is talking about that we need to move with everybody and we are seeing a lot of positive results.”
Ambassador Buchan said she was excited to have met Information Minister explaining that the conversation also included the role of female journalists and feminist international policies.
“We discussed the role of female journalists. Canada has a feminist international assistance policy.Canada has a feminist international assistance policy.
“We also discussed about the reforms that have taken place in the Zimbabwean media landscape and other upcoming legislations and reforms to be taken,” said Ambassador Buchan.
She said she was pleased by the dialogue and the collaboration as Canada start relationship with Zimbabwe.
By Staff Reporter