Liberia: LMC/RNTC Launches Radio Project
The Liberia Media Center last Thursday officially launched a broadcast training facility and a community radio support project in partnership with the Radio Netherlands Training Center. The community radio project known as the Initiative for Mobile Training of Community Radio (INFORMOTRAC) is a four-year support program geared towards building the capacities of community radio stations across the country starting this September.
According to a LMC release issued in Monrovia, the INFORMOTRAC project is being implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Information Minister, Dr. Laurence Bropleh will dedicate the new center located in Jallah Town, Sinkor. The ceremony attracted an array of dignitaries including government officials, foreign ambassadors, international development partners and members of the media community.
In its initial phase, the INFORMOTRAC project will provide six stations in Nimba, Margibi and Lofa with broadcast and studio equipment; and routine training and technical support. The six beneficiary stations include Radio Nimba, Radio Kergheamahn, Radio Voice of Tappitta, Radio Kakata, Radio Peace and Radio Life. Later in 2007, LMC and RNTC will select a new batch of partner stations.
In a related development, the Liberia Media Center has released its annual anniversary statement on the state of the media in Liberia to mark two years of its existence. The Center called for more local donor support and firm national commitment to promoting media development activities in the country. LMC stressed that the media as a legitimate sector needs to be treated as a development agenda for inclusion in the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS).
(The Analyst (Monrovia), 25 September 2007)