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ZEP-RE (PTA Reinsurance Company) was created under the auspices of the then Preferential Trade Area (the precursor to COMESA).
The Company was to promote the trade in insurance and reinsurance trade through creation of capacity, training of the region’s insurance personnel, provision of technical services and the re-investment of premium funds within the region. When the Preferential Trade Area became COMESA, ZEP-RE was recognised as one of its institutions under Article 174.
ZEP-RE is the French acronym for PTA Reinsurance Company and which translates to ‘compagnie de réassurance de la zone préférentielle’.
ZEP-RE was established on 23rd November, 1990 in Mbabane, Swaziland through an Agreement of Heads of State and Governments.The Company started operations in August 1992 with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Signatory Member States

  • The original signatory Member States were:-Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somali, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Since then the following Member States have acceded to the Agreement establishing ZEP-RE:-D.R. Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Mauritius.

Founding Objectives

  • Foster the development of the region’s insurance and reinsurance industry.
  • Promote the growth of national and regional underwriting and retention capacity.
  • Support sub-regional economic development


  • Transact reinsurance business within and outside the Region.
  • Create and administer pools for the interest of the Region's insurance markets.
  • Train insurance and reinsurance industry personnel in the Region.
  • Provide technical assistance to the insurance industry of the Region.
  • Invest premiums in the Region to promote economic development.
  • Promote contacts and business co-operation in the Region.

Office Contacts

  1. Head Office
  2. Regional Hub
  3. Country Office
  4. Regional Hub
  5. Retakaful Window
  6. Uganda Office
  7. Ethiopia Office

8th Floor, ZEP-RE Place,
Longonot Road, Upper Hill,
P.O Box 42769-00100,
Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254-020 4973000/2738221

Cocody Canebiere, Cocody,
08 BP 3791 Abidjan 08,
Côte d’Ivoire,
Téléphone : +225 22 40 27 85 / +225 55 61 71 01

No. 54, Plot No. 356184,
Base Park (Diamond Park), Alick Nkhata Rd
P. O. Box 36966
Lusaka, Zambia
Telephone: +260 211 252586

16th Floor -North Wing, Joina City
Cnr Jason Moyo and Inez Terrace
Harare, Zimbabwe
Telephone: +263 4 777 929/932

Reinsurance House Building
P. O. Box 3224
Khartoum, Sudan
Telephone: +249 183 799357/8/9

Kampala, Uganda
Lourdel Towers, 5th Floor
Nakasero Kampala

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
UNDP Regional Services Centre, Ground Floor
Bole Olympia Roundabout behind Deluxe Furniture,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia