PublicAffairsAsia has recognised individual achievement in communications, policy-making and public life through three special awards presented at the annual Gold Standard Awards in Hong Kong.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secured The HP Gold Standard Award for Communications for his Abeonomics programme in a category which which recognises excellence in communications by a business or public figure in Asia Pacific. The award was accepted on behalf of the prime minister by Hitoshi Noda, the Japanese Consul General to Hong Kong.
He overcame diplomatic and corporate competition in the shape of Gary Locke, The US Ambassador to China, Edgar O. Chua, Country Chairman of the Shell companies in the Philippines and Aziz Huq, Managing Director, GSK Bangladesh.
In the new category of the HP Gold Standard Award for Policy-Maker of the Year, Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar and Dr Feisul Idzwan Mustapha of Disease Control Division of the Malaysian Ministry of Health topped the category for their innovative work in promoting children’s food standards.
Shortlisted in this category were veteran Indian politician, Manish Tewari, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Ma Ying-jeou, the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
In the coveted Prospect Gold Standard Award for Professional Excellence, an award which recognises a figure within the PA and communications industry, Pushpanathan Sundram, Managing Director of EAS Asia, Singapore and former Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN topped the poll.
He fought off tough completion from a highly competitive shortlist consisting of Rachel Catanach, Senior Vice President, FleishmanHillard, Hong Kong and Roberto Kanapi, Vice President for Communications, Shell Philippines and Ross Rowbury, President & CEO of Edelman Japan.