Press Release – StarTimes to provide more job opportunities and empower African young people
July 26th, 2017
StarTimes Group President Pang Xinxing said
that the company is to provide more job opportunities for African young people and
empower African youths when he was present at the 2017 YouthConnekt Africa Summit
in Kigali on Thursday.
According to YouthConnekt, Africa
has the youngest population in the world of 226 million people aged between 15
& 24 – and the highest
youth unemployment rate (60%) – in the world. Lack of employment opportunities,
low levels of education and skills combined with limited access to sexual and
reproductive health services, have resulted in a generation of young people
with limited association to the formal job market.
However, Africa’s youth represent a
significant asset for sustainable growth if the demographic transition
(characterized by an increase in the working age population) is appropriately
enters African market in 2002, it has grown rapidly with creating a large amount
of job opportunities for African locals, especially for young people.” Pang
said at the summit, with noting that StarTimes is to provide more job
opportunities for African youths.
StarTimes adopts a localized
human resource strategy with having engaged 4,000 Africans in various
departments who are stationed in over 30 African countries. African local
staffs occupy 75% of the company’s employments. And the company is still in the process of employing
more African members of staff as its business continues to roll out to other parts
of the continent.
According to Pang, StarTimes now serves nearly
10 million subscribers with a signal covering the whole continent and has
established subsidiaries in more than 30 African countries with a massive
distribution network of
200 brand halls, 3,000 convenience stores and 5,000 dealers.
More jobs are being created through the establishment of the dealer
network which currently stands at over 5000 dealers in towns and cities where StarTimes
has signal covering. This network is crucial to the growth of the economy as it
will positively contribute to more job creation as StarTimes rolls out to more
towns and cities across the continent.
Furthermore, StarTimes is empowering African young people with offering
professional training programs and learning opportunities so as to improve their
overall professional qualities.
year, StarTimes Group held the first Star TV Drama Dubbing Contest in Tanzania
and invited 10 excellent contestants to Beijing, where they accepted
professional dubbing training and got opportunities to work in StarTimes
“I am so
happy to realise my dream and work on such a good platform. Now, in addition to
dubbing, I have learnt other skills in the TV field, such as editing and
recording,” said Hilder Edmund Malecela, who won the first prize of the dubbing
speech at the summit, Pang also unveiled a plan to establish TV program
production and dubbing centers in African countries, which will help train more
talented dubbing actors and TV programs producers.
StarTimes, as a media group, is
also empowering African young people with providing abundant TV contents as TV
serves as a key channel for young people to acquire information.
owns a featured content platform, with 480 authorized channels consisting of
news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children's programs, fashion,
summit, Pang mentioned that StarTimes is to undertake the 10,000 African
Villages Satellite TV Project under the instruction of Chinese and African
governments. The project is a part of China-Africa cooperation announced by
Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
meeting in the 2015 Johannesburg Summit, which is to implement satellite TV
programs for 10,000 African villages.
said that the implement of the project will help African young people in rural
areas to have a better understanding about the world and acquire more useful
information to improve themselves.