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The SA economy – is the growth problem cyclical or structural? - Brian Kantor

The SA economy is performing very poorly- and the prospects of faster growth seem remote. The reason for persistently slow growth are cyclical and structural. The business cycle, reflects unhelpful global forces to be identified including the impact on the exchange value of the ZAR. A weak rand means more inflation and higher interest rates that slow down the economy. Though, as will be explained, the Reserve Bank could have done a much better job of managing exchange rate and other inflation shocks beyond its control. The prospects for a rand recovery will be fully considered on which any hope of a cyclical recovery of the economy will depend.  A rand recovery will also depend on how well SA manages its fiscal policy – and by so doing realises an improved standing in credit markets. Cyclical forces will dominate the short term outlook for the SA economy. Structural reforms are called for to raise the long term potential of the SA economy. I will outline the structural reforms that would make a difference over the longer run.

SARB as a regulator / FICA and Money Laundering - Marc Anley and Wayne Savage

SARB as a regulator / FICA and Money Laundering - what lies in wait for the insurance industry. This session wil give a high level summary of life under twin peaks / SARB followed by a deep dive into Anti-money laundering and Combatting the Finance of Terrorism. The latter items are being looked at with increasing focus in the non-bank Financial Sector

The Business of Analytics - Pravin Burra

How do we go from big data to big value? This session will cover the development of an analytical framework with strong emphasis on business value extraction. The discussion will include examples of commonly applied use cases with an emphasis on their application in an insurance environment.

The Uber Life insurance company - Louis Rossouw

What does the rise of Uber  economy mean for life insurance? What can we learn from the meteoric rise of companies like Uber and Airbnb?  This talk investigates disruptive innovation and considers the rise of companies like Uber and Airbnb and how they've disrupted their industries.  The talk will see what lessons the life insurance industry can learn from this in terms of whether disruptions is likely, what form it may take and how the life insurance industry can stay ahead.

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