By Nnamdi Ojiego
Insurance is set to shake hands with technology later this month as Private Media Mart (PMM) limited, a media and event management firm has concluded arrangements to hold this yearâ€™s Insurance Technology (InTech) expo.
The expo is targeted at enhancing the ability of corporate entities, especially in the ICT sector, to gain favourable marketing prospects within the insurance sub-sector.
The Chief Executive Officer of PMM Mr. Ejiofor Agada, during an interactive session with journalists, said the forum was to examine, advocate, and streamline the deployment of the tools of information and communications technology within the insurance sector.
â€œThis event is meant to examine and review the current standards and encourage the adoption of technology tools in the insurance industry locally with global best practices as reference point; as well as using the avenue to discuss and ascertain the future direction of the sector; ICT-wise.
â€œIt is also meant to be the only credible bridging channel between players in the insurance industry and technology service providers to review and learn all about insurance ICT solutions in todayâ€™s technology space,â€ he revealed adding that information technology was only one factor that has potentials to bring sweeping changes in the industry.
The PMM boss said his organisation was committed to offering value to the Nigerian economy by means of creating avenues for the propagation of ICT solutions as it affects different sectors of the nationâ€™s economy. â€œ…our zeal to see the rapid adoption of technology in all facets of Nigeriaâ€™s economy is the driving force behind our efforts with InTech,â€ he stated.
This yearâ€™s Insurance Technology expo, has been scheduled to hold on the 26th and 27th of November, 2009 at the Golden Gate Paradise Hotel, Ikoyi, with the theme; â€œE-Insurance: issues and expectations in a growing economy.â€Â According to the organisers, the first day and part of the second day, would be used for the conference session, panel discussion of industry issues, and a mini-exhibition, while an appreciation gala night for CEOâ€™s and special guests of honour would be staged on the second day.
Other activities that will mark the two-day forum included presentations ofÂ awards, lectures and private business meetings. Those expected to participate in the conference were chief executive officers in the insurance sector, representatives from the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA), Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance, major players in IT solutions, senior media personalities, among other stakeholders.