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Chinese TV firm partners with UNAIDS
to promote AIDS awareness in Kenya

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese digital television company StarTimes on Monday announced a partnership with the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to promote awareness among Kenyan youth through a mobile online video application.

The two sides will harness technology to boost spread of content in Kenya related to HIV/AIDS awareness.

“We have seen progress in most countries today, but the biggest challenge that we face is complacency. The young people do not have information, knowledge and so do not prevent themselves,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe.

“Information, knowledge and education is key and that is why StarTimes is a very strategic partner for us,” he added.

Kenya has one of the highest populations of youth living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. According to government estimates, nearly 300,000 Kenyans between 15 and 24 are infected with the AIDS virus.

In February 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched an initiative to end HIV/AIDS infection among young adults through more investment in prevention and treatment of the disease.

It is hoped that the partnership between UNAIDS and StarTimes will improve Kenyan youths’ access to information on prevention and management of the infectious disease.

“Sharing information, bringing knowledge and making sure that we can change young people will be key to ending AIDS,” said Sidibe.

StarTimes Group Vice President Guo Ziqi said her company aims to harness digital revolution that has spread across Africa to promote AIDS awareness targeting the youth.

“The StarTimes app will now be streaming the ‘Zero Discrimination’ messages as part of the cooperation with UNAIDS,” Guo said.

StarTimes and UNAIDS are involved in robust AIDS awareness campaigns in many African countries. They signed a memorandum of understanding in May last year to support the endeavor.

“With more broadcasting platforms and a bigger and diversified subscriber base and richer content, we will be able to make the best of all our resources to help end the AIDES epidemic by 2030,” Guo said.

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Chinese private firms eye great potential in Africa

HANGZHOU China (Xinhua) -- Chinese private firms have been showing growing interests in expanding their businesses in Africa, multiple entrepreneurs said at a recent Sino-Africa economic summit.

China-Africa Private Sector Cooperation Summit, held Thursday in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, were attended by more than 300 representatives from governments, private businesses, and research institutions in both China and Africa.

Zhejiang is home to many of China’s most successful private businesses. They contributed nearly two-thirds of the provincial economy in 2017, according to local statistics. Hangzhou is clustered with the country’s internet giants such as Alibaba and Netease.

“The cooperation between China and Africa presents an opportunity for entrepreneurs,” said Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group. “Internet, e-commerce, these are all areas entrepreneurship can play an important role.”

Statistics from China’s Ministry of Commerce shows that the trade volume between China and Africa reached 170 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, up by 14 percent.

“Investment from China’s private businesses has also increased rapidly and is gradually becoming a new force in China’s investment in the continent,” said Qian Keming, deputy minister of Commerce at a press conference held in Beijing late August.

The number of Chinese-invested companies in Africa has exceeded 10,000, with more than 80 percent of them being private businesses, according to statistics from the Ministry of Commerce and China-Africa Business Council.

Wang Jianyi, chairman of Hangzhou-based Futong Group, predicted that around 150,000 km of optical cables will be laid in Africa in the next 15 to 20 years.

“That would be worth hundreds of billions of dollars, “ Wang said.

Futong Group is one of China’s top 500 private enterprises in 2017 and leading vendor of optical fiber and cables in China. The company has tapped into many markets in Africa, including Kenya, Nigeria, Seychelles, and Angola.

“Africa is a magical land where we often feel a calling,” Wang said. “It is full of opportunities.”

           

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