By Patience Saghana
Ghana and Gambia have taken their turn to host the African Insurance Organisation for 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Ghana will this week host AIOâ€™s 2009 Life Conference in Accra just as Gambia has been slated for 2010 AIO General Assembly and Annual General Meeting
Ghanaian Insurers Association (GIA) will see to the successful hosting of the life seminar commencing from today, November 11 through 14, at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel with the theme: Gateway to Africa.
Facilitators for the three-day conference include Mr Ken Ofori Atta, Execuitve Chairman, Data Bank Financial Services, Mr Leonard Diop Frimpong, Chief Executive Officer of Metlife Insurance Company and Professor Stephen Adei, immediate past rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration whilst other speakers from Nigeria, South Africa, Mauritius and Zimbabwe will feature prominently at the conference.
Meanwhile, Gambia will host AIO conference after 16 years. The country hosted the 20th African Insurance Organisation (AIO) conference in 1993. However, preparations are in top gear to host the 37th AIO Conference/General Assembly in Gambia come 2010.
A five-man team from that country were in the country to appeal to the Nigerian insurance industry for full support of the AIO
The team led by Prince Mike Ikupolati, Director-General of West African Insurance Institute (WAII), Ms. Senor Thomas of International Insurance Company, Mr Makaireh Badjan of Global Security Insurance Company and Mr Dawda Saroe of Great Alliance Insurance Company addressed the governing council of the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) during the associationâ€™s governing council meeting late last month
Pa Alasan S. Jagne, chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the 37th AIO said Gambia is pleased to host the AIO conference the second time come next year.
According to him, â€œThe Gambia hosted the 20th conference of the African Insurance Organisation 16 years ago in 1993. We are, however, pleased to play host to this pan- Africa orgainsation for the second time under the theme: The Global Financial Crisis and its Impact on the African Insurance Industry.
The Gambian insurance industry, Jagne said, wishes to associate with the aim and objectives of the AIO and pledges their continuous support and cooperation to the development of the African body particularly at this critical time of global crisis.