By Taonga Sabola:
Association of Business Journalists (ABJ) Malawi has said preparations are at an advanced stage for its 2018 Annual Conference slated for Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima District from November 3 to 4 2018.
The annual conference is expected to attract over 30 business journalists from both private and public institutions.
ABJ National Coordinator, Aubrey Mchulu, said the conference would be held under the theme ‘The Role of Business Journalists in a Recovering Economy’.
Mchulu said the local economy has in recent times shown some signs of stability; therefore for business and economic communicators should help in sustaining it.
“Of late, we have seen the exchange rate stabilising, interest rates softening and inflation being under control. As business journalists, we would like to see the local economy going beyond just stability to registering strong growth.
“Often times, we have heard commentators talking about responsible reporting. We would like the commentators to unpack responsible reporting so that business journalists play their rightful role in developing this economy” said Mchulu.
He said the conference also provides a platform for corporate partners to interact with business journalists on how best to grow their businesses.
“We would like to appeal for support from both public and private partners towards the success of the conference,” Mchulu said.
Mchulu also expressed shock at the death of former Finance Minister, Reserve Bank Governor and Press Corporation Limited (PCL) Group Chief Executive Officer, Professor Matthews Chikaonda.
Chikaonda died in California, United States in the early hours of Tuesday, October 30 2018.
Chikaonda was the guest of honour during ABJ’s last annual conference held in Mulanje in 2014.
“This is sad. He was a true friend of business and economics journalists. He contributed to raising the bar of business and economics journalism in Malawi,” Mchulu said.
ABJ Policy Advisor, Thomas Chafunya, described Chikaonda as a true son of Malawi.
“His achievements speak volumes of what a man he was. He contributed immensely to the growth of the local economy. He will be greatly missed,” Chafunya said.
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