Regional business lobby invites entrants for new awards
January 15—Company heads whose business smacks of success, may be interested to know that the East African Business Council (EABC) has launched its inaugural excellence awards as part of the activities to mark 20 years of existence as the leading lobby for business interests in the region. The deadline for entrants is February 7, 2018
“The 20th Anniversary provides an opportunity for EABC to take stock of where we have come from, celebrating achievements across various fronts as well as re-positioning ourselves for the future in line with the evolving and dynamic policy and business environments both regionally and globally,” Lilian Awinja, the EABC executive director, said last week in Nairobi during a news conference.
The awards will cut across three categories. The first will see one company feted as the Overall East African Regional Company. A second category of awards will recognise business that have excelled in cross cutting categories, namely Manufacturing, Services, SME, Woman owned enterprise, Green Economy, Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility.
A third category will award companies excelling in a specific industry and will reward outstanding companies across seven industries, namely financial services, transport and logistics (including airline), media, tourism and hospitality, building and construction and the extractive and mining sector.
Entries are open for companies established in any of the EAC Partner States with each company eligible to submit bids for at most three categories of the awards. This may include one entry for the overall award and any two entries for either the cross cutting category or the sector specific categories. The three entries may also be from the cross cutting and sector specific categories only.
Entries will be completed online through a dedicated portal (page) that will sit within the EABC website. Entrants will register in the portal, http://eabc-online.com/awards giving basic information about the individual/organisation. Once registered in the portal, entrants will choose the category that they wish to enter and complete the official entry form. The entry forms detail all the information required for each of the categories.
Awinja said the planned activities and events would provide an opportunity not only to celebrate, but also to demonstrate the critical importance of private sector participation in the EAC integration process. “The Awards are aimed at showcasing and celebrating businesses that have achieved excellence in various aspects of their operations across East Africa, keeping with the spirit of the East African integration,” she said.
Winners will be feted at a Gala Dinner scheduled for March 23, 2018 at the Hotel Intercontinental, Nairobi. Winners will also receive a trophy and certificate of recognition in addition to earning the ultimate accolade of business excellence among peers in the East African region.