On the theme ‘Taking the Business of Annual Reporting International’, Smart Media - The Annual Report Company held a ceremony to felicitate and recognise its Sri Lankan and international clients who had won awards at the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP) Vision Awards 2011.
The event - dubbed SmartConvention 2012 – was well attended by Smart Media’s clients, ambassadors, trade counsellors from embassies, industry professionals as well as dignitaries from Sri Lankan business. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, was the Chief Guest.
Delivering the key note address at the event, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ajith Nivard Cabraal said: “Smart Media’s success in winning international business as well as top notch awards is an example of the heights that Sri Lankan enterprise could reach. It is a major achievement by what would be classified as an SME and something that other specialist service providers may also want to emulate when they venture out”.
The 67 awards won by Smart Media’s clients at the Vision Awards 2011 include five Platinum, 13 Gold and 11 Silver Awards. Three of Smart Media’s clients – including the only two from Sri Lanka – made it to the Global Top 100. They are NDB Bank ranked at 32, Hayleys at 36 and Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) at 43. Audi AG of Germany took the top slot.
Seven Sri Lankan companies came within the Top 50 Annual Reports of the Asia Pacific Region, of which six were Smart Media clients – namely NDB Bank, Hayleys, NSB, Commercial Bank, People’s Bank and Dimo. HNB was the other. Panasonic Corporation of Japan came first in this category.
Meanwhile, two of Smart Media’s overseas clients, QFCRA and Ithmaar Bank of Bahrain, were ranked within the Top 50 of Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, a category that was totally dominated by Europe which secured 47 slots.
The LACP was established in 2001 in the US to create a forum that discusses best-in-class practices while recognising those who demonstrate exemplary communication capabilities. The LACP Vision Awards 2011 attracted over 5,500 entries from more than 25 countries.