In the public information sector, the Coalition Government continues its programme to expand the reach of broadcast media to all our hinterland communities. Using the State radio as the flagship, Radio Lethem and Radio Mabaruma were launched in 2016. These stations have been received with tremendous excitement in the dozens of communities that receive signals. In 2017, two additional stations, Radio Mahdia and Radio Bartica, were launched, and two more are on course to be launched in February 2018, Radio Aishalton and Radio Orealla.
These radio stations are comparable to the most modern anywhere in the world, and they bring news, current affairs, cultural programmes, education, and entertainment to our First Peoples. Recognising that receiving and imparting information is a right enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, despite the difficulties and the cost of bringing such modern media technology to our indigenous citizens, the Coalition Government is committed to ensuring all our citizens enjoy that right, regardless of where they are located in Guyana.
Believing that information is a critical component of development, hinterland citizens must receive reliable, up-to-date, and regular news feeds on development taking place in our country.
Additionally, intensive training is provided as part of the implementation of these stations, giving young people in particular the opportunity to become trained in radio broadcast and to produce programmes about themselves, their lifestyles, their culture, their languages, and their issues, for their communities, and eventually for all of Guyana. For the first time in our history, citizens in the hinterland regions are able to speak to their communities about their issues on a dedicated broadcast media.
This is truly historic in the development of Guyana and the impact it is having and will continue for generations.