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