Hand-over of material for Parliamentary Radio
The Support Programme for Credibility and Transparency of Elections (PACTE – Guinée) - Le Programme d’Appui à la Crédibilité et à la Transparence des Elections PACTE – Guinée), funded by the European Union, implemented by ECES, handed-over materials for the parliamentary radio to the National Assembly on October 22 2015. The material included 3 transmitters, a digital console, 2 computers, 2 types of stands for table and microphones, GSM connection, 2 diablecom phones, headsets for reporters and other accessories. The second batch of equipment delivered is expected in the upcoming days.
The ceremony of handing-over the equipment for the parliamentary Radio to the General Assembly was held in the presence of Mr Gielen Gerardus, the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Guinea, Dr Mohamed Bérété, Secretary General of the National Assembly , Saloum Cissé, First Vice President of the National Assembly, Bissiri Sylla, Chief of Protocol of the President of the National Assembly and representatives of ECES, Dominique Weerts, Project Manager, Eirini-Maria Gounari, Electoral Advisor, Francis Buhendwa , Parliamentary Expert, Lucky Mondi, Expert in Radio Broadcasting RadiLora Bulat, Project Officer.
Mr. Ambassador, Gielen Gerardus stressed the importance of the radio in the context of ensuring the freedom of press in Guinea. He also mentioned that the radio is a tool to bring the people closer to the activity of the National Assembly. Mr Gielen has stressed the need for the creation of a network of Parliamentary Journalists. "Parliamentary radio is necessary to strengthen and consolidate the democratic process in Guinea," concluded Mr Gielen.
Mr Saloum Cisse said that "radio is very useful to remove the ambiguities and to bring democracy to the society. The radio will fill a great void. The debates will allow citizens to be informed about the activities and decisions of the General Assembly. [...] The radio will be able to cover the sessions of the National Assembly and transmit real-time interventions." Mr. Cissé also expressed the need for highly skilled technicians to train local journalists.