The insurance industry is celebrating October as *”Insurance Month”* in The Bahamas, with sponsoring agencies covering all relevant professional industry associations. This includes the Bahamas Association of Life & Health Insurers (BALHI), Bahamas General Insurance Association (BGIA), Bahamas Life & Health Insurance Managers Association (BLHIMA), Insurance Institute of The Bahamas (IIB), and the Life Underwriters Association of the Bahamas (LUAB). Also supporting the promotion and serving on the Planning Committee are the Office of the Registrar of Insurance Companies (ROIC), the National Insurance Board (NIB), and the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB).

Working under the theme *”Covering The Bahamas in the 21st Century”*, the Insurance Month Planning Committee has developed a number of activities, all focusing on the primary objective of promoting the industry through public awareness and education. These events include an Insurance School Outreach/Careers Day for senior level secondary and tertiary level students (October 3rd), a Community Outreach programme for special donations to Unity House, Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged, the Disabled Centre and the Deaf Centre (October 5, 11, 19 & 26) and a gala Insurance Month Banquet at the Sheraton Grand Hotel (October 27).

To recognise persons who have succeeded in achieving excellence in their career development and training as insurance professionals, an Insurance Industry Achievement Award programme has been developed, with the top three nominees receiving special recognition at the Banquet. There will be a Courtesy Call on the Governor-General on October 4 and a Church Service at the Grace Community Church, Palmetto Village on October 8.

Industry professionals will be participating in a series of radio and television talk shows during the month of October, with a similar outreach to service clubs, promoting both the activities of Insurance Month and discussing topical issues impacting the industry.