government of Qatar through the Qatar Media Corporations officially handed over
state-of-the-art equipment worth over $200,000 – equivalent to over GMD10
million to Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) on Wednesday 10 July
The donation was handed over by Ebrima Sillah, minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure.
Speaking at the ceremony, the minister said that The Gambia is marching slowly but surely towards digitisation adding GRTS has to match effectively if they want a serious footprint in the broadcasting industry.
“The Gambia government places its priority in the need for Gambians to be informed on the National Development Plan (NDP) and this cannot take place when they don’t have their national broadcaster well equipped and ready for the task,” he stated.
Mr. Sillah further thanked the Qatari ambassador to The Gambia, whilst renewing the pledge of digitising the archives, saying Gambia has the richest archives in the sub region.
“Since the decades, all the tapes and official speeches and visits by heads of state are all kept at the national broadcaster and they are in analog. Unfortunately they are decaying because of lack of proper storage and this is a very important data or history that has to be preserved for the future generation,” he lamented.
For his part, Faisal Ben Fahad Al Mana, Qatar ambassador to The Gambia said that the assistance will undoubtedly contribute to improving the performance of GRTS in particular and The Gambian media in general.
“We are confident that the contribution will be supportive in the development of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries to a wider horizon for serving the two states,” he stated.
Abdou M.K. Touray, director general of GRTS, said for anyone with some idea of the cost complexities of today’s digital equipment of such magnitude, without doubt, the donation will inject a breath of fresh air in the vitality and functional disposition of the national broadcaster.
Mr. Touray elaborated that the state-of-the-art equipment will no doubt go a long way in revamping their studious and outside broadcasting capabilities, while strengthening the production department with enhanced cutting-edge equipment.
Also speaking at the handing over ceremony, Foday Malang, Gambia’s ambassador to Qatar, said that since they went to Qatar in 2017 they had a focus in selling Gambia to Qatar.
He assured of continued cooperation with Qatar and with the assistance of the nationals on ground they will bring more bilateral relations and assistance development in all sectors that matter to the nation.