28 July 2017


StarTimes to empower African youths

StarTimes Group President Pang Xinxing has said the company will provide more jobs for young Africans. He spoke at the 2017 YouthConnekt Africa Summit in Kigali.

According to YouthConnekt, Africa has the youngest population of 226 million, aged 15 & 24 – and highest youth unemployment (60 per cent) – in the world.

“Since StarTimes entered the African market in 2002, it has grown rapidly in creating opportunities for Africans, especially young people,” Pang said.

StarTimes adopts a localised human resource strategy, with 4,000 Africans employed in over 30 countries; 75 per cent of its staff strength.

According to Pang, StarTimes serves nearly 10 million subscribers with a signal covering the continent, and has established subsidiaries in more than 30 African countries, a massive distribution network of 200 brand halls, 3,000 convenience stores and 5,000 dealers.

More jobs are being created through a dealer network, which stands at over 5,000 in towns and cities.

StarTimes is also empowering young Africans with professional training to improve their professional qualities.

Last year, it held the first Star TV Drama Dubbing Contest in Tanzania, and took 10 contestants to Beijing to undergo professional dubbing training, with work in StarTimes Headquarters.

Pang unveiled a plan to establish TV programme production and dubbing centres in African countries at the summit, to train more dubbing actors and TV producers.

StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 480 authorised channels comprising news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programmes, fashion, religion etc.

Pang said StarTimes would undertake the-10,000 African Village Satellite TV Project under the instruction of Chinese and African governments as part of China-Africa cooperation announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2015. This will bring satellite TV programmes to 10,000 African villages.

The project, Pang stressed, will help those in rural areas with a better understanding of the world through information.

Source: The Nation