A JOURNALIST from the GRAPHIC BUSINESS, Mr Maclean Kwofi, was named the Reporter of the Year at the 2019 Ghana Shippers Awards held in Accra at the weekend.
He was rewarded for his contribution to the growth of the maritime and shipping industry in the year under review.
He competed with three other journalists at the final stage but managed to annex the coveted award for the year.
In all, there were a total of 51 competitive awards, out of which 15 were picked by shippers and the rest by shipping service and other allied service providers.
The awards scheme, the third in a row, provided a platform to recognise individuals and companies that play a significant role in the growth and development of the shipping industry in the country.
It is an initiative of the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA), Globe Productions, and GRAPHIC BUSINESS, with support from the Ministry of Transport, and Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GSA, Ms Benonita Bismarck, observed that for the past two years, the GSA had successfully partnered Globe Productions and GRAPHIC BUSINESS in organising the Ghana Shippers Awards to recognise and award individuals and companies that were contributing significantly to the growth of the shipping and logistics industry.
"The event is also aimed at distinguishing excellence in the trade and transport industry in order to instil in the industry players a sense of fulfilment and greater zeal to achieve higher laurels, encourage transparency and compliance with laid down procedures in the trade and transport industry," she said.
She congratulated all winners of the awards for the past two years, particularly shippers from various trade associations such as the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI), Federation of Associations Ghanaian Exporters (FAGE), the Ghana Union of Traders Associations (GUTA), among others.
A Deputy Minister of Transport, Mr Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, who represented his minister, commended organisers of the event for creating a platform to celebrate individuals and companies that played a significant role in the growth and development of the shipping industry.
"I want to commend shippers and shipping service and other allied service providers for their contributions to the growth of the industry.
"I have been told that this is the premier event in Ghana which showcases on a national scale the excellence and innovation within the country's shipping sector," he said.
For this reason, he said the recognition must motivate awardees to work extra harder in order to increase productivity for their individual companies and the country as a whole.
In an interview, Mr Maclean said being rewarded meant that one needed to do more in order to stay relevant in the industry in the coming years.
"And so, we understand that being rewarded means you will have to do more as a journalist in order to stay at the top. You cannot take the award and go home and sleep. I say a special thank you to my superiors back at the office who gave me the opportunity to focus on this industry. Another special thank you to the organisers for recognising my focus on the industry through reports bordering on all issues related to the industry," he said.
He observed that the global economy today depended on shipping as a prime facilitator, with at least 80 per cent of the world’s trade being carried by ships.
As a result, he said journalists must take keen interest in the 'blue economy' especially at the time when the country had opened a new terminal, Terminal Three, at the Tema Port for commercial activities.