A ZBC staff skills enhancement programme being facilitated by Palestinian media experts has started in Harare ahead of the national broadcaster’s launch of the country’s first ever 24 hour news channel soon.

The agreement between the ZBC and the Palestine International Cooperation Agency (PICA) came into fruition when the Palestinian experts kick-started a week-long exchange programme, which is expected to further strengthen the already cordial relations between the two nations.

Addressing participants this Monday during the launch of an exchange programme at ZBC Pockets Hill Studios in Highlands, Harare, Palestinian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Mrs Taghrid Senouar said the exchange of cooperation in media will enrich the relationship between PICA and ZBC.

“We have discussed on what areas of cooperation to work on and we find it good for us to be here for the exchange programme with the ZBC staff as we are doing 29 programmes in other nations,” she said.

ZBC Chief Executive Officer Mr Patrick Mavhura emphasized the need for training of staff first which is in tandem with its quest to open a 24 hour news channel soon.

“I’m happy for the coming of people from Palestine to train our staff and we need to take it seriously for us to have the much need needed knowledge for us to have new television stations,” he said.

ZBC is on a massive drive to enrich its staff in terms of skills ahead of the opening of a 24 hour news channel and more other channels, hence skills transfer programme.

The relationship between Zimbabwe and Palestine dates back to pre-independence era and the cooperation between the two nations continues to be cemented.