In an attempt to advance communication and information, UNESCO and the Communication Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week, reported Namibia’s newspaper Economist.

Both the organisations are striving to strengthen their venture with public and private sector firms to support employ advancement initiatives in developing countries.

Dr Jean Pierre Ilboudo from UNESCO and CEO of CRAN Festus Mbandeka signed the MoU to reinforce collaboration between the two organisations. Under the MoU, code of conduct for broadcasting service will be regularised and community broadcasting services in Namibia will be endorsed. Both UNESCO and CRAN will strive to facilitate and scrutinise Sector Reform for cyber security, convergence, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Over the Top services.

The UNESCO Head of Office and Representative to Namibia, Dr Jean Pierre Ilboudo said: “Community radios are an independent vehicle for sharing the stories and experiences of communities. They facilitate dialogue to shape knowledge-driven societies. The sector offers affordable means of communication to marginalized, rural and isolated communities, fosters social inclusion, inspires creative cultural expressions and enforces democratic values that invite equal participation in shaping public opinion.”

“This MOU that we are about to sign is to formalize collaboration between our two institutions, collaboration that began a long time ago and has proceeded smoothly and fruitfully.”