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 IIU International Insurance Conference 2019 - players resolve on a more inclusive insurance industry 

Over 250 national and international delegates converged at Speke Resort Munyonyo to attend the IIU International Insurance Conference organized by The Insurance Institute of Uganda.



Group Photo : Members of the Organising committee together with the Chief Guest , CEO IRA, CEO IIU and Key note Speaker                                   .

A first of its kind in Uganda, participants were ushered into the conference by traditional dance performance from Crane Perfomers on Thursday October 17th, 2019. Day one of the conference invited discussions from insurance industry players and practitioners, academia, policy makers, the media and general public around the role of inclusive insurance in delivering the social protection agenda.

The two-day conference was officially opened by Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah, Deputy Speaker of Parliament of Uganda who was befittingly represented by State Minister for Tourism Hon Godfrey Ssuubi Kiwanda.

In his remarks, Oulanyah applauded IIU for successfully organizing a key milestone event on Uganda’s insurance industry calendar focusing on discussions around challenges that have lately dominated the insurance industry.

One of our expectations from IIU in addition to training is research in the various areas concerning insurance including man power planning. I therefore challenge you to take the lead in surfing the environment for key areas of intervention,” said Oulanyah, also adding,

“This conference gives me confidence that the ground is set for IIU to execute its mandate and I will continuously watch developments in the sector in search of accountability”.

On the first day of the conference, the key note address was delivered by Dr Olli-Pekka Ruuskaneen, Research Director at Pellervo Economic Research Finland. Dr. Olli-Pekka reaffirmed Uganda’s remarkable progress in developing a local insurance market.

“Inclusive insurance is access to and use of appropriate and affordable insurance products for the unserved and underserved, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable and low-income populations”, noted Dr Olli-Pekka.

Presenters, panelists and discussants ranged from insurance industry practitioners who shared working experiences. The conference also drew findings from academia and policy makers especially on the role of ICT in achieving inclusive insurance and an in-depth understanding of the issues around the Proposed National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Day two was thrilled by heated discussions on NHIS as participants urged policy makers to engage the general public on how best to compose and realize a more inclusive scheme.

Saul Sseremba, CEO The Insurance Institute of Uganda who presented on the role of human capital in the realization of a sound insurance industry emphasized that entities need to come up with comprehensive strategies to develop leaders at all levels.

“We need to empower the human capital, engage, challenge, give them flexibility and seek for sustainable ways of motivating staff so as to increase commitment,” said Sseremba,

“Make processes simpler, fun, balance work and life for them to ease pressure and increase productivity”.

The conference invited presentations from Erastus Ndege Ochieng from Africa Re on agriculture insurance, Prof Florence Tushabe on ICT and insurance, Protazio Sande on microinsurance, Dr Sarah Byakika on NHIS in addition to a face-off with the regulators from around the East African region.  

The evening of Friday October 18th was filled with energetic live band performances which marked the climax of the conference as participants networked, engaged and shared conference resolutions.  

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