IFEJ launches 2019 Flamingo Awards for financial journalists

By
Eunice Hilda Ampomah/Victoria Asante, GNA

Accra, Aug. 13, GNA
– The Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) on Tuesday
launched the sixth edition of its “Flamingo Awards” for Business and Financial
Journalists, whose reports has influenced policy for growth and development of
the country.

The award ceremony,
to be held under the theme: “Agribusiness and the Sustainable Development
Goals,” is slated for January 31, 2020 in Accra.

The overall best
Business and Financial Journalist would be given an opportunity to attend a
fully sponsored World Bank Spring Meeting in Washington, and receive a plaque,
citation and packages from sponsors.

Other award
categories are Best Finance Feature and News Story, Best Business Manufacturing
News Story, Best ICT Feature and News Story, Best Natural Resources feature and
News Story, and Best Agribusiness Feature and News Story.

Journalists would
also be rewarded for Best Tourism Feature and News Story, Best Development
Feature and News Story, Best Local Economy Feature and News Story, and Best
Business of Health Feature and News Story.

Submitted pieces are
expected to be a feature/news story not more than 1,300 words or 20 minutes of
airtime delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online).

Journalists are
encouraged to start making entries from August 13 to September 12, 2019.

Mr Abraham Dwuma
Odoom, the Member of Parliament for Twifi Attimorkwa constituency addressing
the event as the Guest Speaker, said Ghana has fertile lands, however, many of
its food and drinks are imported.

He called on
journalists to pay critical attention to issues that underdeveloped the
agribusiness sector such as the problems that compelled the country to import
most of its food as they make entries for the awards.

“If we don’t look at
agriculture from the value chain point of view, we will miss it. I would,
therefore, urge journalists to tackle the agricultural value chain especially
one that focusses on the private sector,” he said.

Professor John
Gatsi, the Dean of Business School, University of Cape Coast and Chair of the
Jury for the Awards ceremony, said entrants are expected to provide ground
breaking articles that have excellent analysis and clarity for the business
climate.

Financial
journalists, he said, have to submit contents that were innovative, supported
by facts and investigative research, as well as one that reflected the
integrity, ethics and true commitment to reporting without sensationalizing.

“The world is now in
an era, where technology drives everything so journalists are to promote the
integration of technology into agriculture especially in areas of processing,
manufacturing and the industry to foster development,” he said.

Dr Kwadwo Adjei
Tutu, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, the University of
Ghana, who chaired the launch, said it is important for journalists to conduct
research into the agribusiness sector and come up with ideas to challenge
policy makers to design better policies for the sector.

“We need to question
our policy makers, force them to do what we want and what would help to develop
the nation,” he said.

Mr Rayborn Bulley,
the President of IFEJ, expressed the gratitude of the Institute to partners and
sponsors of the awards ceremony for sharing in their vision.

The partners and
sponsors include the Ghana Stock Exchange, GCB Bank, Bank of Ghana, Melcom
Group of Companies, Accra Brewery Limited, Voltic Mineral Water, and Ghana
National Petroleum Corporation.

He expressed
gratitude to the jury for exhibiting a spirit of competency and working
independently to select winners for the awards.

GNA

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