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Sep 5, 2019

Assembly Building to Switch to New Audiovisual System

The National Assembly is to be upgraded with equipment for live coverage of house and senate meetings in the near future. The government of Taiwan has gifted the government forty thousand dollars to purchase both audio and video equipment to be installed in the National Assembly building. The Government Press Office will be recording the events, inside the Assembly which will be picked up by the media houses through a singular feed. The Press Office has committed that the feed will be provided in its natural form, meaning it will be made available as is without their editing. The donation is a way of marking the anniversary of three decades of relations between Taiwan and Belize. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The convenience of switching to a dedicated video system inside the Assembly Building brings with it a number of logistical concerns for the local media.  House and senate meetings have always been covered by various teams of reporters and cameramen.  A move to install a fixed arrangement of cameras and microphones will relieve the tension of having to find the best vantage point from the gallery on a first-come-first-served basis, however, a singular feed would also mean having to rely primarily on the Government Press Office.  Nonetheless, it is a move in a new direction and the Government of Taiwan has provided the funds necessary to make that transition.


Laura Longsworth, House Speaker

Laura Longsworth

“The former President of the Senate, Mr. Lee Mark Chang played a key role in lobbying for these funds in the National Assembly and we want to thank him for doing that.  The media plays an important role in promoting democracy and keeping our citizens informed during meetings of the assembly.  As a part of the security policy for the assembly it has become necessary to acquire a new system that can improve the facilities used by the media houses to broadcast the proceedings of the House of Representatives and the Senate.”


This morning, Taiwanese Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen handed over a cheque for forty thousand dollars to assist with the initiative.  The donation is also in recognition of thirty years of bilateral relationship between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan).


Remus Li-Kuo Che

Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize

“The National Assembly Building here in front of us, Madame Speaker and Mr. Lee Mark Chang, the former President of the Senate, gently wrote me a letter in April for assistance in funding for this belated but very important project.  We responded with very positive consideration and our goodwill intention to help transform the Belizean national assembly into a safe place and more user-friendly environment to the media especially will soon be realized.  Today, on behalf of the government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan), I have this great honor to make a humble but now I know, two-third, contribution to support the National Assembly to improve and upgrade the much-needed audio/video equipment in the twenty-first century when information is usually shared and spread on a real-time basis.”


Ahead of this pending change, a working group comprised of members of the media and other government officials was formed in order to look at the best possible means of improving this aspect of communication.

Laura Longsworth

“A technical committee chaired by the Clerk of the National Assembly and the Director of the Government Press Office was formed on August 20th, 2019.  The committee is comprised of various technical staff from various media houses.  The components of the new system will create an atmosphere where the media is comfortable as it will eliminate the clutter of ten cameras along with operators who are all vying for that perfect shot, especially when there is a House Meeting.  And also, the general media gallery will be retrofitted for enhanced working environment for members of the press.  It will also effectively and efficiently meet the needs of not just local but also the international press who can tune in remotely during National Assembly proceedings.  The new systems will consist of three cameras installed to capture multiple angles and each media house will then be able to connect to a live audio and video feed with wifi facilitated by the press office.”


Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.

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