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16.09.2003 General News

IPR launches excellence awards to reward members

By GNA
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Accra, Sept. 16, GNA - The Institute of Public Relations Ghana (IPR) on Tuesday launched an award scheme to reward persons and organisations, whose outstanding contributions impacted positively on the development of the profession.

Dubbed: "Public Relations Excellence Awards" it would among other things identify practitioners, who have made distinguished contribution to the growth of Public Relations, generate goodwill among policy makers, as well as create a forum to bring IPR Corporate Management and Policy-makers together.

Categories to be covered by the awards would include Public Service, Community Relations, PR Research and Employee Relations for which winners would receive a plaque on a gold background. The maiden award ceremony is scheduled for the first quarter of next year and would be based on programmes and activities for 2003. Mr Kweku Osei Bimpong, President of the IPR, said the awards was part of an overall programme being undertaken by the Institute to promote professionalism in public relations practice in the country. He said it marked another milestone in the life of the Institute after it had through strict admission standards cleared off non-professionals.

In this direction, the awards would be strictly administered to ensure that only qualified professionals participated in it. He said since they wanted the awards to be prestigious, it would avoid the pitfalls of others that were so generous that almost anybody or organisation received one.

Mr Osei-Bimpong introduced a seven-member Board that would work out the modalities for the awards. The Board has Mr Kojo Yankah, a Fellow of the Institute as its Chairman.

Mr Bimpong expressed the hope that corporate organisations would provide the necessary assistance to the Board to give the awards the necessary image it deserved.

Mr Kojo Yankah said the Board, which is made up of seasoned professionals, would have no problems establishing the criteria for the awards.

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