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ABRA 2010 – panel assembled as closing date draws near

Diageo, owner of  the Guinness brands, said that in the next three weeks, the entry for the annual  Africa Business Reporting Awards (ABRA) will come to a close.

The award initiated by Diageo in 2004 aims at encouraging better business reporting about Africa.
Finalists of the award 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 had said, “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 would like to encourage journalists who have been writing about business on the continent to enter.’ The panel for the Awards is chaired by Paul Walsh, CEO of Diageo which 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.


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