By Josephine Mugiyo
Zimbabwe and Canada are working on cementing relations in the media sector as part of strengthening cooperation between the two countries.
Cooperation between journalists from Zimbabwe and Canada was high on the agenda when the Canadian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Christina Buchan paid a courtesy call on Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa.
“As the Ministry of Information there are a lot of opportunities for partnerships. I have had an opportunity to work with women institutions in Canada. We also want to work with our counterpart in Canada so that we bench mark. We want our journalists to report from a point of exposure,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
Minister Mutsvangwa also briefed Ambassador Buchan on the strides the Second Republic has made in opening up the airwaves.
“For the first time we have issued licenses in 40 years. Have also gone further to license community radio stations. This is what we have been talking about we want to move with everyone and the media is key in that.”
Ambassador Buchan said the role of female journalists also came up for discussion.
“We discussed the role of female journalists. Canada has a feminist international assistance policy,” she said.
The meeting also looked at the reforms that have taken place in the Zimbabwean media landscape.