The Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (CARAIFA) is hosting a conference for stakeholders in Belize in May, 2019. The member countries include: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and associate members include Curacao, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Maarten and Turks & Caicos. Love News spoke to President Alicia Birch and the Secretary-General Marcelle Fenton about their expectations for this scouting trip.
Alicia Birch, President, CARAIFA: “It is the umbrella organization for the underwriters in the Caribbean Region. So we are really an association of associations with a membership of approximately 3,000 and so we supervise and ensure and deal with the growth and development of these underwriters, agents, sales representatives they all go by many names but they are the same people doing the same thing.”
Reporter: And this is across CARICOM ? How many CARICOM countries are you representing ?
Alicia Birch, President, CARAIFA:“Eleven English speaking Caribbean countries.”
Marcelle Fenton,Secretary-General, CARAIFA: “We’re here to be able to see because we are having a conference next year which is the host country. CARAIFA has a congress that they have in each one of our territories annually and the choice for next year’s congress is in Belize so we are here just to peruse and to enjoy and see what Belize has to offer so that we know when our patrons come next year they will be able to get the value and what we have enjoyed we will give them some of that so we are making sure that all the things are ironed out and the hotels and that kind of stuff that is what we are here for.”
Reporter: When you have your congress specifically what would you be doing in terms of your association ?
Marcelle Fenton,Secretary-General, CARAIFA:“Okay what we will be doing is a little bit of all; education because that is what you do when you come to shop and so the insurance advisors come to the country and they see the other agents from around the other territories and we have international and local speakers that come and when they are here as the agents we are able to go back to our territory with whatever idea that we have taken to add value to selling in that particular territory. When we Caribbean people meet we always have a little bit of camaraderie and enjoyment so it’s like an all inclusive so we have education and camaraderie in one.”
Alicia Birch, President, CARAIFA: “A lot of persons think that insurance people are always selling selling but what we do with the foundation is to give back. So every year we give back particularly in the country where the congress is held to somebody at this point in time suffering from kidney disease to try and assist and help. So we’ve done that for the last twelve years everywhere that we have gone to.”
CARAIFA’s vision is to be the regional unifying organization that continuously and effectively anticipates and satisfies the needs of its members and customers through the harmonious process of profitable relationships among all shareholders in the Insurance and Financial Services Sectors for their mutually sustainable growth and development.