Nigeria activates arrangements for hosting AIO Confab

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NEM Insurance Plc as the Group Managing Director and chief Executive Officer is Mr. Tope Smart.

Nigeria is to play host to insurance oractioners in Africa as the African Insurance Organization (AIO) concessioned the hosting rights of the 2010 edition of it’s annual conference to Nigeria. This year’s edition which was the 46th in the series was hosted by South Africa.

The conference which will take place in Abuja from May 31st to June 3rd, 2020 will have as theme: The African Insurers; In The Face Of Digital Disruption.

Speaking on the preparation of Nigeria to host the conference in year 2020, at the Annual General Meeting(AGM) of AIO, the Chairman, Nigerian Insurers Association(NIA), Mr. Tope Smart, said, activities are already in top gear to make the conference a huge success.

Smart, who is also the managing director/CEO, NEM Insurance Plc, said, the association was already in discussion with relevant government agencies in the country to ensure that delegates have the best experience when they visit Nigeria.

Nigeria, he said, is populated by about 190 million people, with insurance penetration that is below one per cent, adding that, this shows enormous opportunities and potentials for insurance industry in the Africa’s most populous nation.

He said, the country is blessed with hospitable people, speaks over 250 languages with some attractive national monuments and heritage.

To ensure that delegates do not have it difficult securing visa to attend the conference, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee(LOC) for the conference, Mr. Ganiyu Musa, said, the committee has approached and gotten the support of the Nigeria’s Foreign Ministry to make the visa process simple for more people to attend the conference.

Musa, who is also the managing director/CEO, Cornerstone Insurance Plc, said, the theme is apt at a time African insurers are adopting technology to provide seamless services to numerous policyholders across the continent.

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