Sonntag, 22. Januar 2017

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Maputo plays host to Groundbreaking Journalist Training Programme

(lifePR) (Maputo, Mozambique, ) Maputo played host to a groundbreaking journalist training programme last week, organised by the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF) and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The five-day course, which ran from 24 August to 28 August, was the last of six introductory courses held throughout the continent.

The Maputo course was the only one of the six courses to be delivered in Portuguese, and focused on raising the standards of business, financial and investment journalism across the continent with the aim of ensuring that greater trust is put in the region's media reporting. Both ICF and the Thomson Reuters Foundation believe that greater scrutiny of investment and business issues, more timely and accurate reporting and a culture of delivering impartial news will help increase investor confidence across the continent.

Participants were given the opportunity to put theory into practice through numerous practical exercises and timed writing tasks. Detailed briefings, expert guest speakers, group discussions and a field reporting trip were core elements of each course.

ICF's Chief Executive Officer, Mr Omari Issa, explains: "The Maputo course was a great success and we believe it will play a critical role in increasing domestic and foreign confidence ensuring more of the continent's financial and business reporting is 'by Africa for Africa'. The journalists who attended benefit enormously from the sessions and we look forward to seeing them put their learnings into practice."

With the completion of this final introductory course, a select number of participants who demonstrated high potential in the introductory courses will be invited to attend a week-long advanced training week course in Europe.

For more information on this project, ICF and its projects, or to request an interview, please visit or contact Weber Shandwick.

About the Thomson Reuters Foundation:

The Thomson Reuters Foundation was created in 1982 to support journalists from developing countries. The Foundation today embraces a wide range of educational, humanitarian and environmental causes and projects including online news and communications services for the international disaster relief community, aid agency support, and educational and community projects. Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) has been training journalists for more than a quarter of a century and has several thousand alumni in more than 170 countries. Its workshops, held around the world, promote the core values of fast, accurate and impartial reporting that have made Reuters one of the world's most read and trusted sources of news.

Investment Climate Facility for Africa

The Investment Climate Facility for Africa is a unique public-private partnership between government and business that aims to help Africa create a more attractive business environment and realize its potential as a global player and trading partner. ICF works to remove real and perceived obstacles to domestic and foreign investment by assisting Africans to prepare and promote the continent as an investment destination. ICF success is measured against higher levels of investment, faster economic growth, enhanced business opportunities and sustained returns for investment. ICF has the support of key Africa institutions, international development partners and private sector companies.

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