A radio broadcasting station opened in Jomsom area in the presence of the representatives from the Korean Embassy, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Munhwa Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) and local people.
Launched in June 2012, the project was implemented by MBC, a Korean broadcasting station, which is supported by KOICA. According to a press release of KOICA, MBC and KOICA jointly funded amount of US$1 million for this project.
The project aims to promote economic growth and increase the efficiency of the community development program in the Jomsom area, which is unreached and marginalized from access of information. The station will be used for information interaction between people not only from Jomsom but all across Mustang. The radio station also aims to provide mountain disaster relief broadcasting for trekkers. MBC is cooperating with Rural Information and Technology Development Center (RITDC), a Nepalese non-governmental organization, and will execute a broadcast operating and quality contents making education program and distribute radios at the community level for the second phase of this project.
The radio station’s formal name will be Mustang Broadcasting Communication (MBC). The station was designed by Professor Kim Inchul (Archium) and constructed by SAMBU Construction Nepal. This building was constructed out of gneiss, which is common and easily accessible material in Jomsom, and other materials from the community. By doing so, the Mustang Broadcasting Communication, “the most beautiful radio broadcasting station in the world,” will no doubt serve as a communication symbol of Mustang.