Wednesday, 18th September, 2013 – Port Moresby: The development efforts of Digicel PNG Foundation haven’t gone unnoticed in the eyes of the global community. The Foundation’s Life and Business Program run in partnership with Ginigoada Bisnis Development Foundation has been acknowledged at the 2013 FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards held over in Singapore last night.
Digicel PNG Foundation CEO Beatrice Mahuru said the Ingenuity Awards 2013 in Singapore was an amazing event that brought together like-minded people who yearn to make this world a better place.
“We were one of the four hottest contenders in this year’s awards; and that in itself is a win for Digicel PNG Foundation and Ginigoada Bisnis Development Foundation; and more importantly, all the socially marginalised communities and individuals for whom the Life and Business Program has put a wheel in motion for betterment in Port Moresby and Mount Hagen,” Mahuru said.
FT/Citi received 180 submissions from around the world, 27 from the Asia Pacific Region of which the combined development efforts of Digicel PNG Foundation and Ginigoada Bisnis Development Foundation are one of the four hottest contenders.
Other contenders include: CMC's Ramanathan Ramanan and their first intelligent bus system in Bangalore; Elaine Ghosh and Parinaam Foundation's aim to socially empower women who live in extreme poverty in Bangalore and Kiran Sethi and the efforts of Riverside School in Ahmedabad to make cities safer for children.
“We now await the outcome from New York in December where they will announce the winner of the 2013 FT/Citi Ingenuity Award – Urban Ideas in Action,” Mahuru said.
The FT/Citi Ingenuity awards celebrate solutions for improving the quality of life for the world’s fast-growing urban populations.