The Minister of Information-Ghana, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, delivered a key note address at the launch of the second intake of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) Financial Journalism Program in Ghana.
Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah lauded Bloomberg and its partners for offering the training opportunity which brought together practicing journalists to improve their capacities on how to effectively report on business and financial issues.
He recounted how over the years, Ghanaian journalists have to invest a lot of time and resources into building their own capacities. These efforts were to help them be in good standings to effectively produce business and financial reports to better serve the audience.
H also reminded the participants about the huge resources being invested in the program. The minister further urged the participants to make good use of the capacity building ecercie to their own advantage.
“I want to encourage you that with the kind of resources that are being invested in this program, you will take it seriously as possible. It will demand sometime of you, but if you put in your very best over the next 6 months, we will begin to notice massive improvement in the industrialization of some of the issues and understanding of how it should be reported”.
Remarks by Bureau Chief, Bloomberg LP, Ghana
In his opening remarks, Bureau Chief, Bloomberg LP, Ghana, Mr. Andre Janse Van Vuuren, hinted that his outfit is proud to partner Starvros Niarchos Foundation and the Ford Foundation in helping equip a global talent pool of journalists with the sort of specialist expertise that can propel them towards attaining a high level of professional excellence.
On his part, Prof. Justice Nyigmah Bawole, Dean of University of Ghana Business School commended the program managers in Ghana, Strathmore and South Africa for the successful execution of the BMIA financial journalism training program which has seen more than 500 delegates in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana completed since its launch in 2015.
Dr Modestus Fosu, Acting Deputy Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) in his remark expressed delight over his outfit’s collaboration with the Bloomberg, Strathmore University and the University of Ghana Business School to advance business and financial reporting in Ghana.
While acknowledging government’s support and that of Bloomberg and its partners for the successful launch of the program in Ghana, he encourages the delegates to make good use of the opportunity to enhance their capacity in order to continue to be relevant to themselves and the society.
For his part, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister for Business Development charges the delegates to have deep knowledge and understanding on macro and micro economics, the GDP regulations, cost of borrowing and interest rates among others if they really want to become good financial journalists.
“If you really want to succeed in financial journalism, then you need to have passion, purse excellence and think outside the box at all times” he stressed.