2019 African Insurance Organisation Conference: Johannesburg

The African Insurance Organisation (AIO) will hold its 46th conference and annual general assembly at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 8 to 13 June 2019. Each year the event attracts senior delegates from across Africa and the rest of the world to discuss and workshop the most pressing issues facing the insurance industry on the continent at the time. Of course a lot of business also gets done with delegates from every country on the continent represented.

Under this year’s theme – Insurance Penetration in Africa: Insuring the Uninsured – the conference will focus on insurance distribution and inclusivity across the continent. Other topical issues under discussion will include micro-insurance and the effects of climatic events (such as floods, droughts and wildfires) on the industry and the economy in general.

We have managed to secure a number of highly regarded speakers, panellists and facilitators from all over Africa – and beyond – for this year’s conference. We have also got some quality bookings and are very happy at the rate that seats are filling up. In fact, we are concerned that those delegates who generally wait until a few weeks before the conference to book, may be disappointed. Secure your space, soon. We are sure our colleagues from across the continent will use the conference to network, do business and drive further cross-border collaboration.

The conference will be hosted locally by the Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA). South Africa has a very active insurance community, with ties to many other countries on the continent. With the support of SA Tourism, the organising committee is thrilled at how we will be showcasing South Africa – especially during this exciting election year.

Although the event will focus primarily on Africa-specific insurance issues, many of these affect and apply to other markets around the world. 

Anyone who has an interest in insurance in Africa is invited to reserve a spot by visiting this link.

Registration and accommodation

As always, accommodation is at a premium for this auspicious event. Delegates are requested to book and pay for accommodation upfront to avoid disappointment. Hotel rooms cannot be guaranteed unless they have been paid for in full. Any unpaid rooms will be released.

There are several options for accommodation at Emperors Palace and official partner hotels. These hotels will be serviced with regular transport shuttles to and from the venue. If you choose to make a reservation at a hotel that is not one of our partner hotels, you will need to make your own transport arrangements to and from Emperors Palace.

Spaces are filling up rapidly, so book now to avoid disappointment.

About the AIO

The African Insurance Organisation (AIO) was established in 1972 as  a non-governmental organisation recognised by many African governments. It is headquartered in Cameroon.

The objectives of the organisation are to develop a healthy insurance and reinsurance industry in Africa and to promote inter-African co-operation in insurance.

The AIO’spriority areas for the future are:

  • Consolidating and strengthening the existing pools and associations set up by AIO
  • Partnering with other organisations, notably the World Bank, UNCTAD, ILO and Access to Insurance Initiative in various capacity-building programmes
  • Encouraging the development of micro-insurance
  • Promoting African regulatory capacity-building
  • Promoting the capacity building of African training institutes
  • Promoting the management of life and pension funds for development
  • Developing the AIO website into a veritable reference point for African insurance
  • Promoting the African Centre for Catastrophe Risks
  • Creating a pool for catastrophe risks
  • Encouraging scholarly research


Registration link

About the IISA

The primary purpose of the Insurance Institute of South Africa is to build capacity within the insurance industry through skills development and greater levels of exposure into the insurance profession.  The institute also sets and communicates standards regarding professionalism to help achieve an image and reputation of excellence in the industry.

Through its activities the IISA aims to mitigate skills shortages and improve opportunities for employment and social security, thereby making a sustainable contribution to the insurance industry and the economy.


About Emperors Palace

Emperors Palace is one of South Africa’s premier conferencing and entertainment venues. It offers a diverse range of multi-purpose venues and small executive breakaway rooms, ideal for a conference such as the AIO.

The venue recently completed a R30 million ($2,2 million) upgrade to its conference and meeting facility, which now offers 29 well-appointed venues fitted with superior furnishings and technology.

Emperors Palace is conveniently located next to O.R. Tambo International Airport and offers guests a complimentary shuttle service operating every 20 minutes between 06h00 and 23h00, daily.


About South Africa

If you thought South Africa was just about Table Mountain, Nelson Mandela and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, think again.

South Africa is a country with a unique past and a host of fascinating attractions across the whole country for visitors to enjoy – from art precincts and walking trails to five-star restaurants and captivating museums.

With the help of South African Tourism, the organisers of the AIO Conference have put together a list of tourist highlights that delegates might enjoy visiting either before or after the event.