In his remarks, the Mr Charles Sinetre thanked Airtel Malawi for honouring their commitment to pay the royalties for the artists. “This is a clear indication of how you want to promote the welfare of the artists who are also positively contributing to the economic development of the country through taxes paid on royalties” Mr Sinetre said. He also urged other users to emulate the example of Airtel Malawi Ltd, by supporting the artists and also committing to timely paying the royalties owed to the artists. “Royalties paid to the artists are for some, the only source of income. It is sad to note that some artists have died poor leaving behind their families suffering because some users have not been able to pay the royalties which they have rightfully earned” Mr Sinetre added.
He further called on Airtel Malawi Ltd and COSOMA to find ways of enhancing collaboration with a view to promoting the whole arts sector so that artists in other categories such as visual arts, film and photography can also benefit besides the musicians.
Mr Sinetre thanked the Government for providing an enabling environment that supports creativity in the country by singling out enactment of the Copyright Act, 2016, establishment of COSOMA and also funding the Integrated Arts Development Project as some of the interventions that Government has put in place to support the creative sector and empowering the artists economically.