Yurii Stets: "Japan Has Allocated Around 400 Million Yen ($4 ml) for the PBCU's Development, Nearly $1,3ml of Them for the Purchase of Equipment"
On 21 June, a press conference "Technical Cooperation between Japan in Ukraine within the Project for Capacity Development of Public Broadcasting of Ukraine" was held in the "Ukrinform" information agency, organized by the Ministry of Information Policy.
Yurii Stets, Minister of Information Policy, noted that the "Project for Capacity Development of Public Broadcasting of Ukraine", which was launched in January 2017 as part of Japan's assistance to Ukraine, was extremely important for our country.
"The fulfillment of this project is important for me because I'm always concerned about the fate of the PBCU, and I am pleased to note that our Japanese partners are concerned as well.
"The negotiations on this project's implementation lasted for nearly a year, and, finally, we are at the final stage", he noted.
According to Mr. Stets, Japan has allocated around 400 million yen ($4 ml) for the PBCU's development, nearly $1,3ml of them for the purchase of equipment.
He also recalled that, according to the Presidential Decree, the Year of Japan in Ukraine was taking place now, and a lot of events were being held as
part of it.
"For me, Japan is way closer than some European countries, so there is great hope that Japan will be even closer to many Ukrainians.
"I hope that, following the visa-free regime with the EU, we will also make it for the visa-free regime with Japan", the Minister hoped.
Shigeki Sumi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Ukraine, said that the idea to cooperate between Ukraine and Japan for the purpose of the development of the Public Broadcaster had been discussed during his meeting with Yurii Stets.
"In my opinion, our cooperation will promote the development of an impartial, independent and objective public broadcasting in Ukraine," he noted.
Zurab Alasania, Chairman of the Public National Broadcasting Company of Ukraine, thanked the Ministry of Information Policy for promoting the development of the PBU.
He expressed his hope that the active stage of the implementation of the project would begin in January, with the project finished sooner than in two and a half years as provided for in the program.
Kenichi Hashimoto, Leader of the JICA Project, and Atsushi Miyao, Leader of the Expert Team of NHK International, Japan's public broadcaster, presented the project of cooperation between Japan and Ukraine within the framework of the Project for Capacity Development of the Public Broadcasting of Ukraine.
The event was participated by Yurii Stets, Minister of information policy of Ukraine; Shigeki Sumi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Ukraine; Kenichi Hashimoto, Leader of the JICA Project; Zurab Alasania, Chairman of the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine; Atsushi Miyao, Team Leader of NHK International; Maryna Sobotyuk, Head of the Sector of Media Communications and Interaction with Mass Media of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.
It is recalled that on 17 January 2017 Shigeki Sumi, Ambassador of Japan, pending his meeting with the Minister announced that Japan was ready to launch the program of cooperation for developing the Public Broadcaster of Ukraine. The program is divided into three areas: technical assistance (studio equipment provision), programming assistance, and the establishment of a single citizens' awareness network in case of emergency.