Eleven financial journalists from both private and public media houses have been short listed for awards at this year’s Business and Financial Journalism Awards to be organised by the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ).
The five member Jury under the chairmanship of Mr Daniel Otabil Koomson, a veteran broadcast journalist settled on the following as potential award winners across the various business categories.
They are Emmanuel Bruce, Maxwell Akalaare Adombila, Jessica Acheampong and MacLean Kwofie all of Graphic Business; Felix Dela Klutse of Business Day; Kwabena Adu Koranteng of the New Crusading Guide and Fred Sarpong of the Daily Express
The rest are Rebekah Awuah of GBC 24; Francisca Dickson Arhin of EIB; Theophilus Kwasi Agyei Anim a freelance broadcast journalist and Richard Annerquaye Abbey of the Business and Financial Times.
The awards ceremony which is the fourth in the series has been fixed for Friday January 26 at 6.30pm at the WEB Dubois Center, Cantonments. The theme for this year is: Embracing Financial Inclusion and Innovations for Growth and Development” The Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison is the Guest Speaker and the Chairman for the event is Dr Kwame-Amoah Baah-Nuakoh
In all, 26 entries were received from the various print media while five audio visual entries were from the electronic media. Entries were made in all the nine categories, Finance, Business/Manufacturing, News Story,Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Extractives, Agribusiness, Tourism Development, Local Economy and Business of Health Feature
The Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) was formed in 1990 to help develop the skills of journalists in business and financial reporting. One of the objectives of the institute is to advance the study, development and application of improved financial and economic communication methods through appropriate hands-on approaches and platforms.
Over the past years, the Institute had lived up to this objective and positioned itself as an effective organisation that provides and promotes co-operation, common understanding and exchange of ideas in the field of economic and financial journalism.
This objective enabled members of the Institute to attend various workshops, seminars, roundtable discussions with captains of industry and commence as well as with government and non-governmental organisations on another various aspects of the economy.
Many of such programmes have ignited and sustained the discourse on how the state could create the appropriate environment for the private sector to play its rightful role as the engine of economic growth and development.
The renewed aim of the Institute is therefore to expand such programmes to help it position itself as an advocacy group for the private sector in particular, and the economy as a whole.
As a non-governmental organisation, IFEJ programmes are supported by corporate Ghana, development financiers and sometimes the Ministry of Finance. With sponsorship from corporate bodies, IFEJ hopes to expand its educational and advocacy activities and programmes.
IFEJ has expanded its scope of activities to include the extractive industries in the areas of mining as well as the country’s oil and gas industry. The focal
points under this area have been on environmental management, resettlement issues, revenue utilisation from the industry and local content implementation.
Over the past few years IFEJ, with the support of GIZ, has collaborated with the Petroleum Commission, Ghana Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (GHEITI) and the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) to undertake various training programmes and visits to sites of oil revenue funded projects.
With the support of GIZ, IFEJ has been able to produce a 30 minute documentary on Ghana’s oil find which is on Youtube – Ghana’s oil find, Turning the tide. The Institute also produced another documentary on the Exploration of oil on the Keta Basin which is also on Youtube
IFEJ has again instituted an annual award Flamingo Awards for Business and Financial Journalism in which business and financial journalists and editors are awarded for good and high quality coverage in the area of business and finance.
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