Enterprise Life, a leading insurance company, has presented an award package to Mr Edward Nyarko of GTV for emerging the best financial journalist in financial reporting for 2015.
Mr Nyarko, who was chosen by the Institute of Economic and Financial Journalists (IFEJ), would take part in the 2015 edition of the Sanlam Summer School for financial journalists scheduled to take place from November 15 – 20, 2015 in South Africa.
His travel will be fully sponsored by the Enterprise Life, and the package includes air tickets, Visa, accommodation, meal, agreed per diem, as well as an insurance package
At a presentation ceremony in Accra, the Executive Director of Enterprise Life, Mr C.C. Bruce, said the award was co-sponsored by Enterprise Life and Sanlam with the objective of serving as a bridge between journalists and the industry, especially in the field of insurance.
“For us in Enterprise Life, we have been involved as co-sponsors for the past three years and it has been a pleasure to us. We are hoping that journalists who participate in the programme will grow an interest in insurance reporting and help tell the good story of life assurance,” he said.
He also congratulated Mr Nyarko on emerging the best among his peers stressing, “We believe the insights he will get from the programme, as well as the network he will develop with his peers will be invaluable to his career and the practice of financial journalism in Ghana.”
Sanlam is the 2nd biggest Life Insurer in South Africa and has been sponsoring this event for the past 12 years. It brings together journalists from across Africa to build their capacity and provide a platform for sharing and networking.
IFEJ entered into partnership with Enterprise Life in 2013 to help train members of the institute in the area of financial and business reporting.
As part of the training programme, Enterprise Life has sponsored two members of IFEJ, Mr Pascal Kudiabor and Mr Fred Sarpong to participate in the annual Sanlam Summer School in South Africa.
Mr Bruce ,however, announced that the partnership would be extended for additional three years.
“Our partnership was for a three year period ending this year, but I wish to inform you that with the consent of Sanlam we are happy to enter into another three-year sponsorship relationship with IFEJ, Ghana,” he said.
He commended IFEJ for the dedication to the programme, adding “I also wish to express our appreciation to the executive of IFEJ for partnering with us in the past three years under this programme. Your dedication and commitment to the terms of our partnership is commendable.”
‘Up your game’
The President of IFEJ, Mr Lloyd Evans, urged financial journalists in the country to build their capacity to be able to match their peers in other countries.
“The level of financial journalism is low in this county, and for us to be able to match our peers in other countries, we must up our game. Some of these short-term programmes will help you to do more,” he said.
He also expressed his gratitude to Enterprise Life for the support, stressing how the training will help improve the professional skills of journalists.