Insurance Institute of Botswana Annual Conference 2017

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After a little over a year in existense, the Insurance Institute of Botswana had the honour of hosting its first ever annual conference on the 19th and 20th of October.

Having played host to the Institute's Worker's Compensation Forum earlier on in the year, the prestigious TraveLodge Hotel was gracious enough to have us again for our conference. Held under the theme "GROWTH, INCLUSION, SUSTAINABILITY", the conference welcomed a throng of delegates. Some of the attendants travelling from as far as Mauritius and the United Kingdom to either speak or to get a feel of the local insurance industry as presented by representatives on behalf of the Institute.

The day was started off by the CEO of NBFIRA (Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority) with the opening address, officially kicking off the conference. The speakers that would follow on in the day included;

  • The Insurance Institute of Botswana Mr. Dzikamani Nganunu speaking about the History and Future Developments of the Institute
  • Ms. Sethunya Molosiwa, Botswana Life Insurance Limited’s Chief Operations Officer spoke about the New Perspectives on Wealth Creation
  • A Panel Discussion By Botswana Pensions Society and Various Other Life Companies
  • Tony van Nierkek Spoke on Insuretech
  • Ethan Pitts & Marnelle Ward Spoke About Cyber Insurance
  • Alfred Tembo Gave the Closing Remarks for the First Day

On the first night, a gala awards dinner was held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre, where IIB members who had passed the IISA examination were honoured. On behalf of the co-sponsors, Botswana Accountancy College Executive Director Ms. Serty Leburu and FMRe General Manager Mr. Bongai Muhau gave speeches at the dinner. Jazz sensation Kearoma Rantao was the musical entertainment for the evening.

Following the official opening address delivered by the Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade & Industry, the following speakers were up;
  • Jeff Heasman spoke about Judging An Industry By Its Words: The Critical Role of Language in Inclusion and Growth of the Insurance Industry
  • Vanessa Otto-Mentz spoke about the Principles of Sustainable Insurance
  • Phinea P. Sesinyi spoke about The Annuity Market in Botswana
  • Keletsositse Olebile spoke about Botswana as A Plattform for Growth
  • Cassim Hansa spoke about Unlocking Botswana's Insurance Potential
  • Koongalele Sibi Chube spoke about The Importance of Knowing Your Customerand the Impact of Non-Compliance on Botswana
  • Kushatha Moswela wrapped up the day by giving the Vote of Thanks
There conference was closed off with a farewell cocktail held at the conference venue, TraveLodge.

Tony van Nierkek Speaking About Insuretech

Shamini Harrrington Speaking About Sustainability
and Climate Change Considerations for the
Insurance Industry

Mr. Oaitse Ramasedi Speaking About Insurance
Regulations at NBFIRA

Ethan Pitts & Marnelle Ward Speaking About




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