Government relationship with StarTimes will create jobs – Ursula

General News of Wednesday, 26 September 2018



Ursula Owusu Ekuful Newplay videoUrsula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications

Communications minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says government’s relationship with the Chinese firm, StartTimes will create jobs.

Her comments come after Parliament’s Communications Committee has resolved to officially summon her for an interrogation over issues involving StarTimes.

She might also be interrogated over government’s $89 million deal with KelniGVG.

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has raised concerns over the involvement of StarTimes in the project which has been built by a local firm, K-Net.

According to GIBA, StarTimes has already set up a pay-TV in Ghana, therefore, allowing them to handle the entire DTT infrastructure would threaten Ghana’s security and independence.

But these fears were refuted by the government.

The government had previously said the platform will be managed by a new firm called the Central Digital Transmission Company, which will be presided over by a seven-member Board, on which GIBA has a representative.

Some Ghanaians have also questioned the move.

But the Communications Minister does not understand the opposition the project has received.

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