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Chuks Udo Okonta
Insurance agents across Africa have formed an organisation that will enable them foster growth, share knowledge and promote their business.
Though the promotors of the organisation have been interacting and working on the template for the body over some years, they were able to formalised their goals at the just concluded Africa Insurance Organisation (AIO) in Lagos.
The President Emeritus, Association of Registered Insurance agents of Nigeria (ARIAN) Gbadebo Olamerun, who is one of the promoters of the organisation, while speaking at a meeting at ARIAN Office in Lagos, said discussions to have a pan African insurance body have been on since the past four years, stressing that the decision to form the organisation was informed by the need to foster unity among agents across the continent and promote their common interest.
He noted that the Nigerian team having met with their counterparts from other countries during the AIO conference, and have taken some resolutions, the organisation would continue to operate until when it will be fully inaugurated at the next AIO conference holding in Kenya.
Gbadebo submitted that And it was an honour and privilege that insurance agents through their Kenya Chairman, Clifford Ochieng, deliver a speech to the AIO annual general meeting, which according to him, was the first ever in AIO calendar of which insurance agents appreciate the honour.
The Kenyan National Chairman, Association of Kenya Professional Insurance Agents AKPIA) Clifford Ochieng, who underscores the role of agents, noted that they that play major role in the insurance value chain as they are the foot soldiers in the insurance market.
He submitted that the organisation would help promote unity amongst agents across the continent, adding that this is the right time for agents in the continent to come together and share knowledge and come up with measures that would help them maximize inherent insurance opportunities in their various countries.
He maintained that the Kenyan’s agent fraternity has joined the AIO and implored agents associations in other countries that are yet to affiliate with body to do so, as it would help unify agents in the continent.
Promoters of the initiative are: Gbadebo Olamerun, from Nigeria; Clifford Ochieng, Kenya; Sayi John, Tanzania; Peter Olyot South Africa; Lizzele Van de Merewe South Africa; Remco van de Veen, Netherland;Ivan Turyamusiima, Uganda; Syvia Nanukasa, Rwanda and Esther Mwamafupa, Tanzania