Pension Funds to meet in Livingstone Zambia for the 14th Annual PensionsAfrica Summit
Pension funds from across Southern, Central and East African regions will meet at the Zambian tourist destination town of Livingstone for The 14th Annual Pensions Africa Summit which will be hosted at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort-Livingstone, Zambia on the 25, 26 and 27 of June 2019 . The summit brings together key stakeholders in the pensions and retirement industry, trustees, principal officers, financial services providers and regulators from the Southern, Central and East African regions to discuss latest developments in the pensions industry in the region.
The organisors of the event, AMC International has for the last decade kept a diligent finger on the pulse of Africa’s Pension funds industry, ensuring that trustees are constantly informed of transpiring developments and future trends across the Pension fund management and investment spectra. We have developed crucial networks with funds across the continent and with some of the leading minds and thought leaders in the industry and we are yet again excited to bring together all the major role players in the Pension Space for yet another 3-Days of fresh, relevant and though provoking presentations, informative discussions, fruitful networking, solution oriented content and educational workshops at the 14th Annual Pensions Africa Summit 2019 to be hosted at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort, Livingstone, Zambia on the 25, 26 and 27 of June 2019.
Some of the 2019 Strategic insights will among others include the following:
Once size doesn’t always fit all - Adjusting Africa’s Pension Funds’ Risk Management Framework for Contextualised Future Applicability
- Tracing the rate of reform across the continent – country focused case studies
- Innovation and Strategic Planning to Meet Members’ Needs
- Alternative Investing in Africa – Investing in Alternative asset classes for diversification and higher returns
- Beyond ticking boxes – Corporate Governance for Pension funds
- Fund Management and Crypto Currency
- Managing the inevitable interaction between man and machine in Fund administration – A focus on the increasing role of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning
- Special Opportunities Focus: Leveraging African Pension Funds for Financing Infrastructure Development
- Policy Development Review – Kenya’s Post-Retirement Medical Fund
- Addressing the impact of Improved Health-care and extended life expectancy on Current savings
- In with the new - Rules of effective communication strategies for Pension fund boards
- Focus – Shifting the landscape to accommodate micro-pensions in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Round Table – Making Private Equity Work
- Fire-side Discussion on Impact Investing- Can Pension Funds lead the way in sustainable Investing
Stakeholders in the pensions industry have been invited to take advantage of some the opportunities at the event and which include-Speaking, Delegate participation, Sponsorship as well as to join Panel session or participate through moderating some of the discussions.Additional opportunities include event branding, marketing and hospitality sponsorship. As an incentive, firms have been offered bulk registration deals including one free delegate for every three delegates booked.
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Institute of Retirement Funds Africa announces best of the best at its annual awards ceremony
The Institute of Retirement Funds Africa (IRFA) industry awards and recognition programme has evolved considerably since its initial inception as a “Communication Challenge” some 31 years ago, into a robust and respected programme which seeks to identify and promote best practices and standards in retirement fund governance, transformation, investment practices, stakeholder engagement, trustee development and financial management and reporting.
Awards were handed out at a well attended gala banquet held at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on the 23rd January.
Those winners acknowledged for excellence of standards and practice are:
IRFA President Wayne Hiller Van Rensburg notes the IRFA has established the Best Practice Industry Awards (BPIA) to encourage the boards of retirement funds to continuously strive to improve the performance of those funds and to celebrate excellence in the performance of funds in relation to particular categories of their conduct of fund business. There are various ways in which participation in the BPIA programme may be beneficial to funds and their members. In particular, participation requires a fund to subject its performance to self-assessment and stimulates learning and creativity in engaging in the conduct on which the fund’s performance will be assessed for the purposes of the programme. It should also enhance member confidence in the board of a fund because it demonstrates the board’s willingness to subject aspects of the fund’s conduct of business to independent evaluation.
The programme attracts entrants from a wide range of retirement funds and is benchmarked extensively against local, regional and international programmes of this nature. One of the core objectives of the programme is to identify those practices which should set the standard for the sector and IRFA believes that by bringing these into the public domain we are promoting good practices and the body of knowledge for the ultimate benefit of the member of the retirement funds. The objective of the programme has never been commercial and our judges and moderators volunteer their time and expertise at no cost. For many years we have collaborated with regulators and they have been core partners in terms of lending guidance and judging expertise which has enabled us to develop an inclusive programme and entries continue to show learnings and practices surfaced by our awards programme. We are also extremely grateful to our category sponsors, the SABC Pension Fund, the CfA Society of South Africa, Natal Joint Municipal Pension/Provident Funds,Momentum Corporate and the School of Financial Planning Law of the University of the Free State.
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