Importers of digital televisions in Zanzibar will benefit with the tax relief to be provided by the government in a move to enable buyers to get the equipment at a lower price.
Isles Minister for Information, Tourism, Culture and Sports Abdilahi Jihad Hassan, said here that the move would enable more islanders to use the new technology.
He said apart from digital televisions, the move would also benefit importers of decoders.
Minister Jihad said the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar will at the end of this year install a new digital communication system which would enable all analogy users to use it.
He said implementation of the project will cost USD28m which is to be spent on construction of the new system and USD6m will be used for television decoders’ purchases.
According to him already Exim bank has agreed to extend the money (loan), but are still waiting for approval from the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) which is the guarantor of all government loans.
He said already his ministry has contacted the Isles Finance ministry and that on Mainland to look on possibility of getting the money on time.
“The analogy television system will be switched off on 31 December this year to allow digital technology which is used in all East African Countries,” he said.
Explaining further he said such changes were necessary since it equipment is necessary to facilitate economic development and social welfare of the people in the region
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which coordinates the changes has set 2015 as the deadline for all African countries to use analogy technology system.