Namibia to host 2024 AIO conference, as Benhabiles Cherif becomes President


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The 2024 Conference and Annual General Assembly of African Insurance Organisation (AIO) will hold in Namibia, immediate past President Dr. Ben Kajwang, has said.

He disclosed this yesterday at the just concluded Conference and Annual General Assembly of the AIO, in Algiers, Algeria, adding that the 2025 conference will be hosted by Ethiopia; 2026 by Cameroon and 2027 by Morocco.

Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population.

The capital, Windhoek, and coastal town Swakopmund contain German colonial-era buildings such as Windhoek’s Christuskirche, built in 1907. In the north, Etosha National Park’s salt pan draws game including rhinos and giraffes. Its Currency is Namibian Dollar;Prime minister: Saara Kuugongelwa
Population: 2.53 million (2021); Official language: English and Gross domestic product: 12.31 billion USD (2021).

Dr Ben Kajwang at the conference also handed over to Cherif Benhabiles

Benhabiles, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) CNMA, began his professional career at the Algerian Insurance and Reinsurance Company (CAAR), as a Research Manager in a marketing structure, newly installed, then, following the opening of the market to competition. He spent more than 15 years there, climbing all the ladders.

In 2007, Benhabiles left CAAR as Deputy General Manager to convert to teaching and consulting.

Thus, a year later, he joined the CNMA at the end of 2008. During this period, the CNMA went through a very difficult period, with many changes. He was asked to join the CNMA, but as an Assistant. He took care of all the sanitation management of the technical part. He worked as Technical Director of Insurance, before being promoted at the end of 2013 to the position of Chief Executive Officer. A position he holds to this day.

Holder of an Executive MBI obtained in 2007, from the Higher School of Business, in Algiers, he has a long experience in the insurance sector which has allowed him to restore the image of the CNMA and propel it into the big league. It has modernised agricultural insurance, significantly increasing its turnover and profitability, opening many branches and setting up real training and support programs.

The Director General of the National Agricultural Mutual Fund, Member of the Executive Committee of the AIO, was elected Vice-President of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO), at the 48th General Assembly of the organisation, held in Nairobi in June 2022.

He was President of the Local Organizing Committee of the 49th Conference and General Assembly of the AIO which just ended in Algeria.

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