As part of its membership engagement, National Superannuation Fund (Nasfund) hosted its Online Employer Conference this week (Wednesday April 14, 2021).
Through this e-conference, members were provided updates on the Fund’s activities in 2020, its response to COVID 19 and the final audited results. .
Over 4,000 viewers were in attendance. Presenters were CEO Ian Tarutia, CFO Rajeev Sharma, Joint CIO Fiona Nelson, Chief Officer Member Services Anne Wilson and CEO NCSL, Vari Lahui. In his opening address, Mr. Tarutia reminded members that superannuation savings was an investment for the long term. It was not a bank. Mr Tarutia informed the conference that the Funds profitability and consequent crediting of 4.5 % to members was a reflection of the depressed state of the economy which was compounded by COVID impacts.
CFO Rajeev Sharma in his presentation said cash income was above budget however profitability was affected by valuation losses across property and equity investments which was the reason the Fund declared a lower profit of K 223 million.
Other highlights were increased payments of superannuation withdrawals of K 469 million to members, new logo rebrand, a new client service center in Waigani and signing of strategic partnerships with Investment Promotion Authority and the East Sepik Provincial Government to boost membership growth.
CEO Ian Tarutia said “We’ve taken on the mantra that COVID-19 is no longer an excuse. It is now a part of our life, and is here to stay. It is time to get on with business, and keep moving forward.”
In times of adversity, if you look hard enough, you will find an opportunity that leads to prosperity. This is what Your Fund is doing, to grow your retirement savings”.
We are also focusing on adding value to our membership, with a focus on improving our Membership Discount Program (MDP) offering to members. “We will continue to ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff and members are our number one priority.”
Whilst the conference was hosted primarily via Zoom, members were able to join in the discussions from the Nasfund Facebook and LinkedIn pages ensuring extensive coverage. Updates and clips will be shared on the Nasfund website and other digital platforms. Similar online engagements are expected in the coming months, with the Fund looking to increase its engagements with members under the New Normal.