ZAFA to hold inaugural conference


ZAFA president Edward Gombo

THE Zimbabwe Association of Funeral Assurers, (ZAFA) and its affiliate, the Funeral Services Association, (FuSa), will be hosting its inaugural funeral assurance and services conference in Gweru from the 26th to 28th of July.
ZAFA is an association that represents all funeral assurance and services players in Zimbabwe.
The conference will be held under the theme ‘’raising the standard in economic and social transformation’’.
ZAFA president Edward Gombo said the objective of this conference was to unite and promote the funeral industry players in Zimbabwe through sharing of knowledge and experiences.
“We intend to raise the status and professionalism of the members and discuss all legislative measures which may affect the interests of members,” he said.
This is the first platform that brings together funeral industry players and their stakeholders from Zimbabwe and the region. The funeral industry is comprised of both funeral assurance and pure funeral services.
The Commissioner of Insurance and Pensions, Marnet Mpofu will give the key note address.
“We have also invited both local and regional speakers to share with the industry information that will help improve the operations and businesses of the funeral industry players. Mr Olack Ezra, the president of the Funeral industry in Kenya and Dr Lawrence Konyana , the National Funeral Directors Association of South Africa will share with their Zimbabwean counterparts their experiences from the two countries,” said Gomba.
Other topics to be discussed at the conference will focus on information technology advancement, corporate governance and ethics, micro insurance and investments, risk management and many other topics that are meant to empower the funeral industry.
“As an industry we understand that we do not operate in isolation and we are therefore inviting our various industry stakeholders to this business event as it also provides a networking platform,” he said.
Gomba said this will be an opportunity for ZAFA’s stakeholders to showcase their products and services and forge business relationships with the funeral industry as there will also be an exhibition at the conference venue.
“Preparations for the conference are going on well and we are expecting in excess of hundred delegates at the conference. We will also want to take the occasion of our conference to discuss with our regional counterparts the idea of forming Southern Africa Funeral Association to help harmonise funeral procedures and regulations in the region,” he said.