Java spells out IIZ vision as he assumes presidency
The Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe (IIZ) new president Rueben Java says will continue with initiatives already underway to explore ways to grow IIZ brand and ensure the standards of the institute are upheld.
Java takes over from Mapiye Chigorondondo and will head the institution for the 2020/21 term of office.
“I am taking over this office from Chigorondondo, who has had to build resilience into the Institute during his term of office.
“Despite his term of office having been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am sure that some good initiatives were implemented to keep the Institute on the right path.
“I would like to assure the Outgoing President and the whole industry, on my commitment to continue exploring ways to grow the IIZ brand and ensuring that the standards of the Institute are upheld at all times,” he said.
He said on his part, with the assistance of the IIZ Board, its Committees and Management, will play part in continuing the journey to make the Institute a market leader in insurance professional development in Africa.
Java said some of the Strategic Initiatives already underway, which will continue to shine a light on during this term of office:
- Development of physical infrastructure to support insurance education; we will commence initial development works on our Mount Pleasant Property where we plan to build a School of Insurance. We shelved the project in 2019 into 2020 because the environment did not support building development projects.
- Development of new curricula; we expect to complete and start implementing the New Curriculum, on a phased basis. The first Fellowship Class is expected to complete studies in May 2021; the next group of students is expected to sit for their examinations in April 2022.
- Strengthening our Regional presence; we will continue on this path to deploy our brand into Southern Africa to propagate the brand and generate new colour currency to diversify and de-risk from the weaker local unit.
- Development of our people and processes at IIZ; we will also pay close attention to continuous improvement of our internal processes and our people in order to improve operational efficiencies and disciplined execution of set plans.
At this point, may I take this opportunity to commend the PR Committee and the Management team for a successful 2020 Annual Conference. This has been an unusual conference, it being held under virtual conditions, which is the new norm we are all getting used to. So, well done to all who organised and participated in the Conference.
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank the Industry for entrusting the fortunes and future of the Institute to myself, as the IIZ President, . Musa Bako as the first Vice President, and Mr. Wilberforce Machimbidzofa as the second Vice President. I am confident that together we will do our best to deliver on your expectations.