Conference Seeks Informal Sector Engagement To Drive Insurance/Micro Pension Penetration 

Yemisi Izuora 

Stakeholders in the insurance and pension sector have called for closer collaboration with informal sector to advance insurance and pension drive in the country.

The call was contained in a communique Issued at the end of 4th NAIPCO Annual National Conference held at Four Point By Sheraton Hotel  Lagos on August 29th, 2019

The stake holders who gathered at the conference from Pension, Insurance and informal sector group listened to the theme paper  which centered on Financial Inclusion :The Micro  Agenda for insurance and Pension Sectors, presented by Dr Pius Apere, MD\CEO Achor Actuarial Services Limited.

The paper urged regulators for the two sectors to adopt  light regulation model to drive micro pension and insurance to achieve financial inclusiveness.

It also suggested for mutual and robust engagement with the informal sector operators to understand their peculiarities and needs to formulate policies that will drive their operations and  break their burden of financial exclusion and that inspite  of the challenges in the business environment, if the operators of the two sectors should build the much desired Trust and confidence that will drive the relationship with the target micro market segment, and make them see the value in the services they render , they will attract more contributors and insuring public into their net.

The paper also advised that operators and regulators of the two sectors leverage on technology especially telcos to reach the masses with financial inclusion message to improve  the level of financial literacy in Nigeria and that operators should give due consideration to  attachment of incentives to woo and retain contributors and policy holders.

“The potentials in the market are so huge that operators should take cognisance of all the segments of the informal sector  and device  peculiar ways to engage them and make them sign on to financial inclusion.

“Rather than assume that the micro market segment have adequate knowledge of their products and services, they should create improved and sustained education, awareness  programme that will broaden  their understanding of their services and improve  on their level of financial literacy.”, the communique added.

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