China hands over satellite TV project for 300 Burundian villages

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The Chinese government on Friday handed over a China-aided satellite television project to the Burundian government, which will benefit 300 villages in the central African country.

The project is one of the fruits of the 2015 summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in South Africa, in which the Chinese government pledged to provide satellite television to 10,000 villages in 25 African countries.

The project will have positive effects on different areas of Burundi and will promote cooperation between China and Burundi, said Chinese Ambassador to Burundi Li Changlin in Bujumbura, commercial capital of Burundi, before signing a handover document with Burundian Communication and Media Minister Frederic Nahimana.

The project has social value as it will directly help local people access information concerning domestic and global events, said Li.

China is Burundi's reliable partner and it also contributes to other development projects of Burundi in areas of infrastructure, health, education and human resources development, said the envoy.

Nahimana thanked China for including Burundian villages in the project. "This project will help less fortunate households to have access to TV, information, national and international programs," the minister said.

Nahimana also awarded Chinese digital TV service provider StarTimes a certificate for successfully implementing the project. 

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