A PANEL of judges formed to search for the winner of the Presidential Award on Corporate Social Responsibility and Empowerment (CSRE) in the Extractive Industry is expected to begin its work on Monday, it has been learnt.
Speaking at a joint meeting with judges on Monday in Dar es Salaam, the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Mr Ngosi Mwihava, said that the exercise will be completed by September 24, this year, and will involve all regions where extractive activities take place.
He said that the exercise is tailored to determine the company which leads in community services and empowerment. He noted that the panel will present a report to relevant authorities to give room for preparation of the awardgiving ceremony penciled for November this year.
"The nation has trusted you. It is my belief that you will devote your commitment and professionalism in performing this work without favouring any company," he insisted.
On her part, the Extractive Inter Stakeholders Forum Director, Ms Catherine Lyombe, said that the panel among other things will focus on the company's contribution in education, water, health, employment and infrastructure sectors.
She said that judges will go through all areas where mining, gas and oil firms operate and hold talks with the owners and the surrounding residents in order to get a clear picture on the community development contribution.
She explained that after collecting such information from both companies and surrounding residents, they will also compare the information given and the projects operated by the firms.
"When we get a winner in this category, it is obvious that the number of companies in this sector will be motivated and take centre stage in providing social services," she added.
The award was launched by President Jakaya Kikwete in 2012 being one of the strategies to influence companies in the extractive industry participate in corporate social responsibility.