British High Commissioner to Malawi, Michael Nevin, has challenged the country’s insurers to play an active role in shaping the economic future of the country.
He was speaking in Blantyre on Saturday during the 2016 Insurance Institute of Malawi Annual Charter Dinner held under the theme ‘Protecting and Growing Malawi’s Future’.
Nevin, who was guest of honour at the event said, as professionals, insurers, too, have a significant role to play in ensuring that the future of Malawi is bright.
He said professionals need not to be too afraid to take part in the shaping of the country’s politics.
According to Nevin, despite the many challenges the country is facing, there still are plenty of opportunities that could be explored by professionals.
He cited 10 factors that could provide opportunities for professionals to exploit, including the growing population and ICT development.
Nevin said it is surprising to note that most Malawians think that aid and donors hold the key to Malawi’s economic development.
“I have just presented 10 points here that present opportunities for professionals to explore. Did I mention donors? Did I mention aid?” asked Nevin.
“This means that we could still move forward as a country if we, as professionals, get more involved rather than just grumbling about donors and aid,” said Nevin.
Old Mutual Malawi acting chief executive officer, Edith Jiya, said the industry will make sure that it plays a more crucial role in the shaping of Malawi’s future by exploiting the opportunities available.
The charter dinner saw the institute awarding certificates to students who excelled in their insurance examinations last year.
The gathering also saw Britam’s Immaculate Kachapira taking over the presidency of the institute from UGI’s Rex Kadzongwe.