United Nations Committee on Information (COI) chairperson Ambassador Lyutha Sultan Al-Mughairy has commended Zambia for its active participation in the Committee as a Bureau Member.
Speaking when Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dr Joseph Katema paid a courtesy call on her at the Permanent Mission of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, Ambassador Al-Mughairy said Zambia’s active role in the Committee’s bureau was highly appreciable.
“You have given us one of your children to work with us and we are very happy with him,” Ambassador Al-Mughairy said. Zambia is the rapporteur of the Committee.
Mrs Al-Mughairy, who is also Permanent Representative of Oman to the UN, commended Dr Katema for his participation at the 36th Session of the Committee on Information, which started its two-week deliberations on Monday.
She urged the Zambian media to work closely with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).
She observed that UN TV and UN radio produce many programmes that could be beneficial to the Zambians.
“You can also work with the Dag Hammarskjold Library,” Ambassador Al-Mughairy said. “The United Nations Information Centre in Zambia will be a very good link between you and DPI. Make use of the information centre.”
Ambassador Al-Mughairy expressed happiness at the growth of the media industry in Zambia, especially the increase in the number of radio stations.
Dr Katema, who is also Chief Government Spokesperson, thanked UN Member States for electing Zambia to the bureau of the Committee on Information.
He congratulated Ambassador Al-Mughairy on her election to the portfolio of chairperson of the global body, and assured her of Zambia’s support in her undertakings.
The Minister informed Ambassador Al-Mughairy about wide-ranging media reforms in Zambia, andgrowing number of media houses in the country.
He called for close working relationship between the Zambian media, the Government, the DPI and the Committee to foster development, and international peace and security.
Zambia chaired the Wednesday session of the Committee on Information on behalf of Ambassador Al-Mughairy.
The Minister is in New York attending this year’s session of the Committee on Information. On the sidelines of the Committee on Information meeting, Dr Katema has held several high-level meeting with senior UN officials.
CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA (Mr.)
First Secretary for Press and Public Relations
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations