Rwanda gets Chinese grant to set up film and TV production facility

1 June 2017

Investment

The Rwandan broadcasting and creatives industries will soon have access to modern production facilities in the country, thanks to a $7 million (about Rwf6bn) Chinese grant.

The dubbing and production house will facilitate both private and public television houses in the country to produce quality content that meets international standards, said Arthur Asiimwe, the Director General of Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA).

The RBA chief said negotiations for the project had been concluded and the facility would be completed by the end of the year.

Funded by the Chinese government through StarTimes Group, the project is part of efforts geared at strengthening digital broadcasting and production infrastructure in the country, he added.

Asiimwe was speaking to a local Rwandan newspaper, on the sidelines of the 7th African Digital TV Development seminar in Beijing that was organised by StarTimes Group.

The four-day seminar that ended on Thursday attracted over 400 delegates from 46 African and Asian countries, including 30 Africa ministers of information and communication. Asiimwe and Ladislas Ngendahimana, the Ministry of Local Government spokesperson, represented Rwanda at the event.

Asiimwe said the project is part of Rwanda-China cooperation to support digitalisation of broadcasting industry, as well as boosting film production and content development in the country. He added that local film-makers will be able to dab Kinyarwanda films and export them to markets like China, Nigeria and in the region.

Source: The New Times