Largest retirement industry conference on the continent to be held in SA in July 2018

By Janice Roberts

IRFA Vice-President Geraldine Fowler

In welcoming delegates from all over Africa to the 31st Institute of Retirement Funds Africa (IRFA) conference to be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, Durban from 29th-31st July, 2018. IRFA Vice-President Geraldine Fowler notes that speakers and subject matter experts will start collaborational conversations on  industry transformation, socio-economic development and societal financial freedom and security.

Traditionally the conference attracts over 1500 key delegates, drawn from across the industry spectrum from service providers, through retirement funds to organised labour and legislators and the number of delegates attending from other Africa states is increasing exponentially each year.

Says Fowler “the IRFA annual conference is quite simply where the decision makers come to share knowledge and trends. The retirement industry throughout the continent has a significant impact on socio-economic growth and IRFA will continue to promote and use learnings and alliances to reach out in partnership to ensure financial acumen, appropriate behaviour and quality retirement lifestyles of and for members of funds and society at large.”

She continues “our conference theme of reaching out for financial security and freedom”,  will pull a golden thread through our two previous themes commencing with “navigating the future through changing times” in 2016 and moving through  “social development, partnering for change” in 2017. 2018 is the point at which outreach across the spectrum becomes both the aspiration and the anticipated achievement. Hence the 2018 conference will embrace the  policy of inclusiveness in reaching out to the people of Africa, its members, partners and collaborators, and to legislators, retirement fund members and all industry stakeholders through South Africa and north of our borders .”

IRFA is hoping that conference speakers and valued delegates will engage in Durban, ensuring enhanced financial security for all who live on the African continent.  Fowler concludes  “this year’s conference aims to re-inforce the  appropriate financial acumen and behaviour in empowering retirement fund members and allowing for the financial freedom of these members and society at large.”

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