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Institute of Retirement Funds Africa announces significant revamp of its prestigious awards programme

25 May 2018 Geraldine Fowler, IRFA
Geraldine Fowler, Vice-President of IRFA.

Geraldine Fowler, Vice-President of IRFA.

The Institute of Retirement Funds Africa (IRFA) industry awards and recognition programme has grown from strength to strength since its initial inception some 31 years ago. The programme attracts entrants from retirement funds and service providers across the spectrum and both the standard of entries and number of entrants has grown exponentially over the years. Traditionally awards have been handed out at the annual IRFA conference, the largest of its kind on the African continent.

IRFA Vice-President Geraldine Fowler believes that the time has come for the awards programme to be elevated to its own podium at a prestigious gala event to be held in Johannesburg in November. She notes that IRFA’s Best Practices programme has been extensively reviewed by a panel of industry experts and benchmarked both locally and internationally against similar programmes of achievement. “IRFA believes that both the calibre of the entries we receive and the rigour of our awards programme rank amongst the best in the world. Thus we would like to honour these achievements on a standalone platform.”

Fowler notes that this year will see a holistic approach in terms of the awards categories, as well as adding an international judging component to the subject matter experts who make up the judging panel.

She concludes “one of the core objectives of the programme has always been to identify those best practices which set the standard for the industry. IRFA believes that by bringing these into the public domain we are adding to learning and the body of knowledge.” This year will see the awards themselves aligned to this objective.

The black tie event will feature prominent guest speakers who have their fingers on the pulse of this critical industry. Award criteria and entry dates will be announced in the near future and July will see the first call for entries to this respected and sought after programme.

Further details on award entry dates and categories will be released soon.

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