Four key func­tions

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Cas­sim Hansa, a pro­fes­sional civil engi­neer and MBA grad­u­ate, with over 20 years ex­pe­ri­ence in both the en­gi­neer­ing and in­sur­ance in­dus­tries in the USA and South Africa has been ap­pointed the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of CPERS. Ac­cord­ing to Hansa, CPERS will fo­cus on four core fo­cus of­fer­ings: un­der­writ­ing of en­gi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion risks in Africa, risk and ad­vi­sory ser­vices, claims han­dling ser­vices, and train­ing to the in­sur­ance com­pa­nies. He notes that there are sig­nif­i­cant and crit­i­cal ar­eas for de­vel­op­ment and learn­ing in all of these ar­eas – each as im­por­tant as the other. “Proper en­gi­neer­ing knowl­edge at claims stage, for in­stance, can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween sus­tain­abil­ity and not in the longterm. If you’re as­sess­ing a ma­jor flood loss, for ex­am­ple, which has washed away a sec­tion of road in­fra­struc­ture – if you’re out on your mea­sure­ment of the dam­aged sec­tion of road by even a few kilo­me­tres, the un­nec­es­sary cost im­pli­ca­tions could be sig­nif­i­cant.” “In­sur­ance pro­fes­sion­als in Africa are hun­gry for train­ing and un­less we step in and fill the ur­gent need for knowl­edge trans­fer in the in­sur­ance sec­tor, Africa is at risk of los­ing the op­por­tu­nity to for­eign firms by not de­vel­op­ing its own ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” says Hansa, adding that he has been amazed al­ready at the level of in­ter­est from youth in La­gos and Ad­dis Ababa where train­ing has be­gun.

“There is huge hunger for train­ing in these spe­cial­ist classes and great recog­ni­tion of the op­por­tu­nity they present. This is enor­mously ex­cit­ing for me.” CPERS is com­mit­ted to fa­cil­i­tat­ing skills trans­fer and train­ing to de­velop a stronger spe­cial­ist en­gi­neer­ing-in­sur­ance sec­tor on the con­ti­nent by de­liv­er­ing train­ing ses­sions in fast- de­vel­op­ing re­gions in Africa. In 2015, CPERS will con­duct train­ing in Gaborone, Harare, La­gos, Lusaka, Ma­puto and Nairobi. CPERS is reg­is­tered in South Africa and will also do some work in South Africa through un­der­writ­ing man­age­ment agen­cies in the coun­try. Over 200 del­e­gates have al­ready at­tended train­ing ses­sions de­liv­ered by Con­ti­nen­tal Rein­sur­ance on en­gi­neer­ing and prop­erty risk ser­vices in 2014, in Ad­dis Ababa, Harare and La­gos.

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