THE 2012 Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe (IIZ) annual conference is to be held at Holiday Inn in Bulawayo from November 11 to 14.
Report by Olayayi Jack
The theme of this year’s conference is “Insurance: the Engine for National Development Consolidating Growth in the Financial Services”.
The conference opening and welcoming remarks will be from chairperson Ruth Ncube and a statement from the IIZ president Simon Chapereka.
On November 12, topical issues to be discussed include “Franchising as a distribution channel for life business” , to be presented by Mugove Nyimo of Absa Bank; “Micro-insurance insuring the unbanked focusing on the African context” to be presented by Peter Gross of Micro-ensure from Kenya; “Actuarial Services, a must–must in insurance” to be presented by Craig Falconer of AON — South Africa; and “Leveraging technology to increase insurance penetration and manage business transformation” to be presented by Kalpesh Desai of Agile Technologies from India.
On November 13, Colly Mata of Lion of Africa in South Africa will present a topical issue: “Are insurance brokers fulfilling a developmental role in the market place?”
Lydia Jokonya of Success Motivation Institute-Zimbabwe will talk on “Emotional intelligence”. George Sithole will present a paper on “Marketing and servicing of short-term insurance, a comparative analysis”.
On October 30, IIZ officially launched its new premises at 41 Caithness Road in Eastlea. The IIZ house will host offices, training facilities, and library.
Chapereka said: “The role of IIZ has become more pronounced since dollarisation. Companies and individuals are beefing up skills to replenish those lost to the diaspora and through retrenchment, retirement and death. Therefore IIZ also needs to play a prominent role by filling the gap created when some players closed down their training facilities during the difficult period the country went through.”
IIZ currently offers an insurance diploma and associateship programme. The associate diploma is recognised by the National University of Science and Technology for entry into the Master of Science in Risk Management and Institute Degree programme.
The holders of the Associate diploma are also eligible for admission as Associates of the Insurance Institute of South Africa.
IIZ will soon launch a pinnacle qualification, the Fellowship Programme which is the highest insurance qualification which an individual in the insurance sector can attain.