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THE IISA CONFERENCE 2009 will be held at Sun City on 28 – 29. June is rapidly drawing close and bookings are flowing in, so don’t delay in booking your place, as accommodation availability is already limited – register at www.iisa.co.za. We are looking forward to an action-packed conference, with time for networking and attendance at excellent presentations from our expert panel of guest speakers.

Golf is available on Sunday in the formal IISA Golf Competition, followed by a glamorous welcoming party for all delegates and their partners, sponsored by Mutual & Federal. Monday’s activities will include a number of top-class presentations, exhibition viewing and networking breaks. The conference will conclude with the theme party, sponsored by Tracker, and delegates can be back at their offices by Tuesday late morning.

REGULATORY 1 and 2 EXAMINATIONS

We are going through the evaluation process with the FSB following our application to deliver these exams in 2010 for the Short-term and employee benefits industries, and are strongly supported by the Financial Intermediaries Association (FIA) and the South African Insurance Association (SAIA).This project is taking expanding as we identify the number of people employed in the industry who are will have to enter and write the examinations in terms of the applicable legislation.

We hope by the date of the conference to be able to give more detailed feedback to interested persons in regard to these exams.

LEARNING MATERIAL

We are progressing in the updating of existing courses and the development of the new 2009 COP course material. We are very grateful to the numerous industry experts who are assisting us in many work groups to complete this large task on behalf of the industry. We are striving to uphold our reputation for creating and maintaining relevant and up-to-date learning material for the industry. We are also developing short course learning material to facilitate more specialist short courses being run to improve the knowledge base in the market. Local institutes around the country will draw on this material to guide the courses that they run or intend to run in the future.

PIP: THE IISA’s ABC OF FAIS FIT AND PROPER SEMINAR

Our next PIP (Promote Insurance Professionalism) seminar is being presented on 13 May at the Johannesburg Country Club, Auckland Park. It is entitled: “THE IISA’s ABC OF FAIS FIT AND PROPER”. We have already had considerable interest in the subject which is so relevant and topical for all in the industry. We hope, with our panel of experienced presenters, to simplify some of the mysteries and confusion around FAIS and its latest implications for all employers and employees. It may be necessary to repeat this session if demand continues.

LOCAL INSTITUTES AROUND SOUTH AFRICA

We have invited the presidents of all local operating institutes to attend our PIP “THE IISA’s ABC OF FAIS FIT AND PROPER” seminar in May, followed by a meeting with the IISA to discuss and consult on all our activities as we build further on our good relations with many of the institutes. This will enable first-hand feedback to be given to the local institutes to achieve a better understanding of the activities of the IISA, agreeing on roles for the local institutes to assist the IISA where appropriate.

GENERAL

The first few months of this year have certainly flown by at the IISA. We seem to be identifying more and more opportunities to build on our base and our intentionto deliver professional relevant learning material, seminars, examinations, qualifications and conferences for the industry, all of this to be achieved at a fair cost to our members and other interested persons. We are charging basic costs plus a small mark-up for the services that we render to keep ourselves viable. We are a non-profit organisation and should be able to deliver competitive pricing on all our programmes. Our membership base is growing as more and more pressure is being exerted on employees to become qualified in order to gain or retain their employment in the insurance industry. Whilst we enjoy strong industry support, there are still areas from which we hope to garner better support over the course of this year.

Please ensure your corporate subscriber and/or your professional membership status is up-to-date by contacting our offices at Hyde Park 0861004472 for an invoice to pay your 2009 fees.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our seminars or at the Sun City Conference.







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