NAC Artists Sensitization Session- 09/01/2020
On Thursday the 9th January 2020 amongst the glorious ever tropical green habitat of the Mulungushi Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia, The National Arts Council held the first of many artist awareness conferences to be held by March across Zambia in regards to two financial incentives it plans to introduce to members of it council. The leading guest speaker being non other than the Minister of Tourism Hon. Ronald K. Chitotela MP.
These Financial initiatives include the introduction of Life Assurance policies; in particular Funeral Coverage and Life Endowment policies in conjunction with Liberty Life Assurance Ltd, and the second being Collateral free loan services with Vicfirm Ltd. Both planned to be launched by March 2020 if enough Artist and NAC members' support show them to be viable initiatives.
The Session was begun with artists registration and t-shirt giveaways as the panel of Mark Gobie (Managing Director) of Liberty Life, Jonathan Kandiwo (Consultant) of Vicfirm and Patrick Samwimbila (Chairman) of the NAC. The National Anthem lead by Dambisa (singer) followed by prayers and then presentations from the Panel and The Honourable Minister.
Vicfirm was established in 1813 and launched in Zambia in 2009 as a Financial Consultancy firm with 16 branches Nationwide. They offer two main services; Consultancy on Risk Management and loans & Financing for Entrepreneurs and SMEs (most clientele being women as they find them to be more reliable loan payers).
Once registered, your required to have paid atleast 3 months of premiums or have been employed for 3 months beofre applying for finance with a current limit of upto K20,000 (special cases maybe viewed for more funding). This is with no collateral required but it does require an approved Business or Project Proposal and an Affiliation to an established Organisation or Council.
Liberty Life Assurance is an originally South African company under Standard Bank started in 1957. They paid out more than 70 Million Kwacha in claims in Zambia last yr. (a 7.5% market share) with Mobile money and other forms of payment available for Claims efficiency.
They plan to offer NAC members Funeral & Endowment plans in 3 money brackets;
- K2,500 Coverage @ K5 monthly Premium
- K5,000 Coverage @ K10 monthly Premium
- K10,000 Coverage @ K20 monthly Premium
Other plans may become available in future and upon request for Group coverage schemes.
Hon. Ronald Citotela MP. (Minister of Tourism & Arts)
The Honourable Minister Ronald Chitotela gave the closing remarks of the Session with an appreciation of the Arts as an income generating and job creation industry that not only entertained but educated the public. Thus his stressed the importance of emulating other African nations like SA and Nigeria in professionalising the industry with more corporate partnerships and greater Economic and Human benefits to its associates providing career diversification.'Lets work (language barriers aside) for Artist benefits and more cost effective rates'- Hon. Ronald Chitotela
The Session also provided entertainment from The Ngoni Impie dancers and a short welcome from the NAC Chairman and closed with a thorough Questions and Answers session from the attending artists and media. This being the first awareness Session from NAC this year held in Lusaka, there are others scheduled for the rest of Zambia so do pls get in touch with NAC to find out more, whereever in Zambia you may be.
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PO Box 50812, Lusaka, Zambia.
Tel: (+260) 211 220639
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