August 18, 2008
Venezuela to Launch Simon Bolivar Satellite in November
Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)
Caracas, 17 August: The Simon Bolivar satellite will be launched into the space on 2 November, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday [17 August].
The satellite, made in China, was named after "Simon Bolivar," a hero who played an important role in winning Latin America's independence.
Chavez said the Simon Bolivar satellite would benefit Venezuela's TV, internet as well as other communication systems, and increase its educational and medical levels. Its coverage will reach other Latin American countries, he added.
Chinese Ambassador to Venezuela Zhang Tuo attended as a guest at the TV and radio programme, during which Chavez thanked China for supporting this project.
Chavez said his programme "Alo, Presidente," which is now being broadcast through a Dutch satellite, would be broadcast through the Simon Bolivar satellite from November.
Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 0124 18 Aug 08.
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