Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards 2010

Published March 9th, 2010 - 01:28 GMT

Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, is closing its annual Africa Business Reporting Awards in just three weeks.  Initiated by Diageo in 2004, the awards encourage better business reporting about Africa.

Finalists will be announced in May and winners will receive a cash prize and a sculpture by German artist, Loni Kreuder, entitled, ‘News’.

Nick Blazquez, Africa Managing Director of Diageo plc commented, ‘We’ve already received  entries from across Africa and the rest of the world. Interestingly, the most popular category so far has been in the Agribusiness/Environment category, which shows how this sector has grown in significance to both the media and the business community across Africa.

There’s still time to enter so I’d like to encourage any journalist who has been writing about business on the continent to enter.’

The judging panel for the Awards is chaired by Paul Walsh, CEO of Diageo plc and includes; Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Africa Division; Zeinab Badawi international news broadcaster, presenter and trustee of the BBC World Service Trust; Baroness Shriti Vadera, former Minister for Business and Competitiveness and current adviser to the chair of G20, Republic of Korea; Stephen King, Investments Director at The Omidyar Foundation and former director of BBC World Service Trust; Dr Alhaji Bamanga Tukur Chairman of the NEPAD Business Group and Executive President of the African Business Roundtable; Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid and Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, former CEO of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and chairman of Pan-African Capital Holdings.

The number of categories has been extended this year, focusing on various sectors in order to allow journalists with differing expertise and interests to enter the Awards. The 2010 Awards are open for entries until 26 March and we welcome submissions from the following categories:

Best ICT feature
Best Finance feature
Best Infrastructure feature
Best Agribusiness / Environment feature
Best Tourism feature
Best use of New Media in a story
Best Business News story
Best Business Feature story
Best Newcomer
Media of the Year
Journalist of the Year

The Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards were created in 2004 to help transform perceptions about doing business in Africa. The Awards continue to seek out and recognise journalists and editors from around the world who have gone the extra mile to promote a balanced view of economic opportunity and business achievement in Africa.  Now Africa is seen very differently and both the international press and African media is increasingly influencing opinions and shaping investor sentiment.

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