The Media Committee of the National Assembly carried out a site visit at the Nation Newspaper Headquarters and Printing press on Thursday 27th September 2018, with the aim of strengthening relations between the Media House and the National Assembly, as well as to gain a better understanding of the challenges ahead.
The CEO of NISA, Mr Gerard Govinden accompanied by the Deputy CEO, Ms Thelma Estico explained the progressing mechanisms in place for financial investment, capacity building of staff and the positive re-investment of business tax and CSR put back into the Government Housing Scheme. Members engaged in discussions in regards to the current archiving of information, the plans for digitization of the archives and the possibility of incentivizing the recycling of newspapers, as well as the staffing constraints.
In describing NISA, Hon. Henrie stated “the way the organization has developed is very much a success story within the state structure, especially in the way they are restructuring and investing in capacity building for their staff.’
The Members of the Committee also went to Bois De Rose to view the printing press, which showcased quality printing machines, in turn modernizing the printing product range that NISA offers. As a result of the developments, the printing press is helping to develop competition and setting a standard in the industry. However questions were raised on the issue of land available for NISA to build its own building and the possibility of merging the Seychelles News Agency as one state owned entity.