MBC selected for Commonwealth award

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has been selected as one of the five finalists for award for Innovative Management which is jointly sponsored by African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPA) and the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

MBC Director General Bright Malopa confirmed that they have been notified about the selection and expressed delight with the development.

“I’ m equally baffled by these developments considering that they are happening at a time when agents of mendacity have mounted a serious campaign to discredit whatever gains have been made over a short period of time,” he told Nyasa Times.

MBC will be attending the 33rd AAPAM Roundtable Conference where it will make a presentation on its submission titled ‘Our People Our Pride’ next week in Lilongwe.

Malopa: Malawians haven’t seen the best of us yet

Out of these presentations, winners will be selected for the three categories Gold, Silver and Bronze for first, second and third place respectively while the other two finalists will receive a trophy.

The theme for the conference is ‘Strengthening citizen engagement through decentralization to enhance public service delivery in Africa’.

AAPAM awards programme was unveiled and launched in 2005 during the 27th AAPAM Roundtable Conference.

Malopa pointed out that for MBC to be selected as a finalist and attain such international recognition from a reputable body such as AAPAM and the Commonwealth Secretariat is positive validation for MBC and the contributions of ‘Our People Our Pride’ to national development.

In addition, MBC’s has through its innovative and creative leadership also been roped into ABMP an association of Broadcasters in 38 countries doing major global campaigns as a member of the strategic steering committee -a think-tank wing for broadcasters. It has also been elected secretary of the digital migration in SABA [southern AFRICA broadcasting Association.

Malopa said “such achievements have come at a price to those not used to work ethics, systems and order”.

He said: “On the other hand, they are a result of collective team effort, forward thinking and innovative management team to which Ii m a proud member.”

Malopa added: “All being equal, the next 12 months will see a completely transformed MBC. Malawi is just too small for what we want to do especially when cable TV is introduced through digital migration project.”

MBC has never had these positions and exposures since 1964.

Malopa declared “Malawians haven’t seen the best of us yet.”

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