Afia Nyarko Asare
The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has held a training workshop on business integrity reporting for editors and reporters to structure their aptitude in writing on Business, Financial, Governance and Anti-Corruption stories.
It was held at the Sunlodge Hotel in Accra and it forms part of the GII’s Multi-Stakeholders Business Integrity Forum (MSBIF) project.
MSBIF seeks amongst other things to create a platform for stakeholders in the private sector, independent anti-corruption and accountability institutions, media and civil society organizations to identify issues hindering smooth operations of businesses in Ghana and also devise approaches for advocacy to change the trend.
Mrs. Linda Ofori-Kwafo, the Executive Director of GII in her welcome discourse urged the media to be relentless in their fight against corruption because many businesses are anguished as a result of corruption.
Presenting a the topic “Understanding Corruption”, the Executive Director emphasized the need to for journalists to have thorough understanding of corruption in its various forms and how to play their surveillance role in curbing this menace.
A veteran Business and Financial Journalist, Mr. Lloyd Evans made a presentation on the subject; Promoting Business Integrity; the role of the media.
The former President of the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ), called on the Ghanaian media to guard their integrity, embrace honesty, create business principles and standard that they will follow through.
Mr. Michael Boadi, the Fund Raising Manager of GII, cleared the air on misconceptions surrounding African culture and corruption. He explained the rationale behind the presentation of gifts to traditional leaders but was quick to add that it was not a motivation to create a conflict of interest.
According to the World Bank (WB) Group, there exist a correlation between levels of corruption in a country and the levels of development of that country. It suggests that corruption is a major challenge to ending extreme poverty by 2030 and also boosting shared prosperity for the poorest 40 percent of people in developing countries. The WB Group further indicates that corruption has disproportionate impact on the poor and most vulnerable particularly women and children as it increases the costs and reduces access to services, including health, education and justice. In the recent past, several research findings have also alluded to the effects corruption has in the business sector as it erodes competition and imposes a great burden on the economy.
Therefore the GII workshop is timely and a wakeup call for the media to promote integrity, good governance and a serene business environment through the fight against corruption.
Afia Nyarko Asare