We held a 2-day training to prepare Research Assistants for our upcoming survey on the uptake of Workers’ Compensation Insurance and the gaps therein. The training led by our Market Development Manager - Annet Katusiime & Research Officer - Angella Kemigisa took place at our offices in Kololo.
In his remarks, our CEO – Jonan Kisakye expressed concern about a raging debate on the floor of parliament revolving around the misinterpretation of insurance noting that if insurance can be misunderstood at that level (the MPs), then it could be worse for the other Ugandans and that this is where they (the Enumerators) come in.
He said that the association is trying to undertake research & utilize it for product development, market development and to inform the public better. “We as the UIA, are trying to see how best to use research to get to the people”.
Jonan also explained that while insurance has a business component, it also has a social protection element, which Workers’ Compensation Insurance draws from. “Should the employer not be in position to compensate you yet they have taken out this cover, they will have a fallback position but also, when the employer is not able to fully compensate you, then Worker’s Compensation Cover goes to the furthest extent possible which is 5 years”.
Jonan informed the research assistants that the research they are embarking on will also be helpful in guiding the government on the implementation of the law on Workers’ Compensation. He also noted that UIA has embarked on another study with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) called the Total Tax Contribution Study that will quantify the value of Insurance to the economy.
As he closed the training, he wished them well and appealed to them to be cautious in the field. The Workers Compensation Survey is slated to kick off on 24th August, 2023.