12 March 2018, Samoa – The call is now open for all businesses who export goods and services overseas, to submit an application for the 2018 Export Awards. There are currently 7 Award Categories with a new special Award Category to be added to specially recognize the role of women in Exporting.
In addition to prizes to be won, nominees for each Award Category will gain wider recognition of their products and services, dedicated efforts and achievements that contribute to strengthening our economy.
Due to Cyclone Gita, which negativley impacted many local businesses, the due date for submitting applications has been extended to 30th March 2018. The Event has also been postponed to Friday, 15th June 2018.
To resolve concerns regarding confidentiality and impartiality in the process, all applications must be lodged with MCIL ONLY.
The MCIL Secretariat for the Export Awards is responsible for receiving applications, overseeing the administrative processes for assessing and verifying information provided, as well as providing general Secretariat support to the Evaluation Committee and the Panel of Judges.
An Evaluation Committee comprising of specific representatives from key Government Ministries will also adopt the overall responsibility of endorsing the Judges for each Award category. This will also ensure that all information provided for the Judges’ final assessment have been verified accordingly, and that confidentiality and impartiality of the Assessment process is maintained.
All members of the Secretariat, the Evaluation Committee and panel of Judges, will also be required to sign a Declaration of Confidentiality and Impartiality.
To further assist in maintaining the Confidentiality of information and the Impartiality of the Judges from potential applicants, please note that the identity of the Judges will not be made known until the Awards Event Evening on 15th June 2018.
For more information on applications contact the Export Award Secretariat (MCIL) http://www.mcil.gov.ws/.