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National Assembly installation of cameras delayed to New Year

Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2019. 8:13 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Bureaucratic snafus are being blamed for the delay of the planned installation of cameras to facilitate live press coverage of events at the National Assembly.

Back in September, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Remus Li-Kuo Chen delivered $40,000 in funds for audio-visual equipment. These would be used to provide a central feed for coverage of events in the Assembly such as meetings of the House of Representatives and Senate. Further funding was drawn from a prior donation by the Central American Parliamentary Leadership Forum, FOPREL.

At the start of yesterday’s meeting, Speaker Laura Longsworth stated, “We will be putting in a camera system shortly, and as they are being installed we’ll let you know, and so hopefully by the time we have our next House meeting those will be in place,” adding that the accompanying media system is delayed as well.

We were later informed that while the formal request has been put in, there is a delay in settling the finance conversion at the Ministry of Finance for the wire transfer to the supplier in the United States.

Once the Ministry has settled this, it will take about two to three weeks to complete the shipping of the cameras to Belize, and thereafter install them.

The central feed will reduce the use of media cameras in the National Assembly except for individual interviews, and the live capability will allow for faster writing and processing of stories, which will make them more accurate and accessible.


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