IR Global Rankings Announces 2008 Benchmarks and Winners for Asia, Pacific & Africa



    NEW YORK, March 24 /CNW/ - MZ Consult NY LLC (http://www.mz-ir.com), a
leading investor relations and financial communications firm, jointly with IR
Global Rankings' supporting entities (KPMG, NYSE Euronext, Arnold & Porter,
Bank of New York Mellon, Demarest & Almeida, PR Newswire and Bloomberg),
announced today the winners for the 2008 Investor Relations Global Rankings
(http://www.irglobalrankings.com) in Asia, Pacific & Africa. The 10th annual
IR Global Rankings ceremony was held at The Intercontinental the Grand New
Delhi, in India, after a comprehensive technical review of 160 registrants
from 32 countries.
    The best IR websites by technical criteria in the region were: Infosys
Technologies (Nasdaq:   INFY); also best in global industry; Nedbank Group
(XETRA: NCO.DE); Telkom (NYSE:   TKG); Sappi (NYSE:   SPP); and Satyam (NYSE:  
SAY). The best IR website in China was China Telecom (NYSE:   CHA); and in India
Infosys Technologies Ltd (Nasdaq:   INFY). Global Sources (Nasdaq:   GSOL); was
awarded the best in the small/mid cap category, and the best annual report was
that of Telkom (NYSE:   TKG); also best in global industry. The winner by direct
vote (investors and analysts) was Kotak Mahindra Bank (BSE: 600247.BO), for
all categories.
    Companies with the best corporate governance practices by technical
criteria were: Infosys Technologies (Nasdaq:   INFY), also best in global
industry; Satyam (NYSE:   SAY); ICICI Bank, also best in global industry
(NYSE:  IBN); Bursa Malaysia Berhad (OTC: BSAMF.PK); and Kotak Mahindra Bank
(BSE:600247.BO). Global Sources (Nasdaq:   GSOL) was awarded the best in the
small/mid cap category.
    Finally, the best financial disclosure procedures by technical criteria
were: Sappi (NYSE:   SPP); Telkom SA Limited, also best in global industry
(NYSE:   TKG); Satyam (NYSE:   SAY), also best in global industry; Partner
Communications Company (Nasdaq:   PTNR); and MTR Corporation (Hong Kong:
0066.HK). Global Sources (Nasdaq:   GSOL) was awarded the best in the small/mid
cap category. The best financial disclosure procedure was MTR Corporation
(Hong Kong: 0066.HK) in China, and Satyam (NYSE:   SAY) in India.
    The IR Workshop (best practices and trends for IR websites, corporate
governance and financial disclosure procedures) and the Award Ceremony for
Latin America will be held on March 31 at 9 am, at Plaza Centenario, Av.
Nacoes Unidas, 12.995, Brooklin, Sao Paulo, SP, 04578-911 Brazil
    IR professionals can confirm their attendance by sending an e-mail to
irgr@mz-ir.com. The events are free of charge, but confirmation of reservation
is contingent on seat availability.
    For further information, please contact Amanda Munhoz at irgr@mz-ir.com
or by phone at +1 (212) 813-2975.

    About IR Global Rankings: Solid communication with the investment
community has become a key priority for investor relations and corporate
governance professionals in recent years, driven by the strong belief that
stock prices and risk perception can be managed, the implementation of Fair
Disclosure and other new regulations, and the growing importance of
transparency for earning and maintaining investor confidence. The IR Global
Rankings and Awards annual survey - supported by KPMG, NYSE Euronext, Arnold &
Porter, Demarest & Almeida, The Bank of New York Mellon, Bloomberg and PR
Newswire - is the most comprehensive auditing and ranking system for IR
websites, corporate governance practices and financial disclosure procedures.
Based on extensive proprietary research of publicly held companies and
investors, and supported by input from independent auditors, corporate
governance and legal experts, MZ's methodology is highly detailed, transparent
and fully accessible to all participants. The annual IR Global Rankings and
Awards Survey has grown each year since its inception in 1999
(http://www.irglobalrankings.com).





For further information:

For further information: Amanda Munhoz, MZ Consult, (212) 813-2975,
irgr@mz-ir.com, Web Site: http://www.irglobalrankings.com,
http://www.mz-ir.com

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