Casablanca: Joseph Wemakor selected among top 18 African journalists who participated in Afreximbank Media Workshop on Intra-Africa Trade, Business and Financial Reporting
Editor-In-Chief of Ghanewsone.com, Joseph Kobla Wemakor has been selected among the top 18 African financial reporters who participated in a 2-day intensive Media Workshop on Intra African Trade, Business and Financial Reporting in Casablanca, Morocco.
The workshop, an initiative of African Export-Import Bank(Afreximbank) seeks to build capacity of African journalists to take up the initiative and effectively shed light on Intra-African trade and finances issues in a bid to help educate the public to promote Africa’s development
Dubbed “Media Workshop on Intra-African Trade, Business and Financial Reporting” came on the sidelines of the Afreximbank’s Structured Trade Finance Seminar/Workshop which was held at plush Four Seasons Hotel in Casablanca, Morocco from 7 to 8 November 2018.
The selected participants were financial reporters working for established media organisations within 7 African countries namely Nigeria,Egypt,Zimbabwe,Ghana,Kenya,Morocco and Senegal.
Among the the tall list of applicants for the workshop, Joseph Kobla Wemakor was the only Ghanaian shortlisted among the remaining 17 selected reporters from across Africa.
He was later joined in Casablanca by Seth Krampah, the Ashanti Regional Manager for Business and Financial Times (B&FT) Newspaper through special arrangement by event organizers.
Other selected reporters from the 7 African countries include: Thierry Ekouti(Zimbabwe)
Uchechukwu Usim, (Nigeria)Lucy Nwachukwu(Nigeria),
Mathew Dadiya(Nigeria),Leah Katung-Babatunde(Nigeria), Chijioke Nelson(Nigeria), Abdou Diaw(Senegal),Brian Ngugi(Kenya),Isaac Khisa(Nigeria),Kalonde Nyati(Zambia),Ristel Tchounand(Morocco),Bassey Udo(Nigeria),Ebere Nwoji(Nigeria),Collins Nweze(Nigeria),Manal Ahmed Omar Abdel Hafez(Egypt) and Francis Arinze Iloani(Nigeria).
The two-day intensive training workshop saw participants taken through the training modules:”Intra-African Trade, Business & Financial Reporting Africa:The State of Play”, ” Telling Story:How to capture the Intra-African Trade Story for Your Audience” including “Practical Lessons in Financial & Business Reporting in Africa:Incorporating Intra African Trade”.
It was conducted by Mr. Obi O. Emekekwue, Director & Global Head of Communications and Events Management, Afreximbank with support from Mr. John Chiahemen, a renowned Media & Communication Consultant, Nice View Media and Dr. Luke Anorue, Senior Lecturer, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
At the end of the 2-day training, the joyous participants were presented with a certificate of participation.
They also had the opportunity to cover the Afreximbank’s 18th Annual Structured Trade Finance Seminar/ Workshop as well as the 2018 Customer Due Diligence and Corporate Governance Forum (ACDICOG) which the media workshop coincided with.
Addressing the participants, Mr. Obi Emekekwue stressed the need for African journalists to pay critical attention to issues of Intra-African trade finances and report on them accurately to promote trade and finances and foster regional integration to achieve the growth of Africa.
He averred that intra-African trade and financial issues continue to be under-reported by journalists despite it gains to Africa’s development which is a barrier hence the need to build capacity of journalists to change the narrative towards realization of free flow of trade within the African region.
The Afreximbank is a trade- finance-focused-focused development bank established in Abuja in October 1993 by African governments, African private and institutional investors, and non-African investors as a multilateral trade development institution to finance and promote intra-African and extra-African trade.
The bank works with African and non-African Export Credit Agencies, Development Finance Institutions, Commercial Banks and other Multilateral Institutions in currently over 50 African countries to support trade finance activities in Africa.
It’s overall objective is to improve quality of life in Africa.
Joseph Kobla Wemakor|Casablanca, Morrocco