Saudi Arabia - New regulations to help consolidate ins. Sector
Friday, 07 20 2018, Category: Insurance and Reinsurance, Country: Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s new solvency framework is expected to drive consolidation in the market, according to a report by international ratings agency Fitch.
The increase in minimum capital requirements is expected to lead smaller insurance companies to consolidate, the report said. The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority is working to encourage foreign investment, which will increase the participation of foreign firms in the market.
The Saudi market’s dominant lines of business are health and motor insurance, due to their compulsory nature. The country’s health insurance sector is in bad shape, will the loss ratio reaching 88% in 2017, compared to 78% in 2016. This was due to increasing claims costs, which Fitch expects to increase further after the government imposes value-added tax on consultation fees, diagnostics, and other clinical procedures.
Source: Insurance Business