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Turkiye: Several reinsurers announce 6 Feb quake losses - Jordanian insurance market in 2022: premiums per class of business - Kuwait: 21.5 KWD “insurance” profits for the Q1, a growth of 24.5% - A fine of up to 2 million riyals for practicing insurance business without license in Saudi Arabia - Wide variation in impact of IFRS17 on re/insurers: AM Best - Egypt: Insurers face several challenges in implementing IFRS17 - SAMA: Insurance sector grew by 26.9% in 2022 - Morocco: Insurance industry posted combined profits of US$430m in 2022 - Regarding "insurance policies"... important news by the Minister of Economy - SAMA seeks public consultation on draft marine insurance coverage instructions - Insurance companies achieved 11.4 bn pounds as premiums in two months - Saudi Arabia: 26.9% growth in the insurance sector in Saudi Arabia during one year - CMA in the KSA extends the deadline for insurers to disclose the results of Q1 2023 - The cost of insuring against the risk of default on Egyptian debt is rising - Munich Re launches ‘innovative’ coverage for AI solutions - MENA: Oil & Energy Insurance Syndicate posts adequate profitability - UAE: Insurance policies will rise to 8.8 million in 2022 - AM Best Comments on Credit Ratings of Gulf Insurance Group - Reinsurance outlook to improve as investment volatility eases: Aon - Egypt: Financial results of global reinsurance companies for 2022 - Aon estimates global insured catastrophe losses in Q1 2023 at $15 billion - GCC Listed Insurers: Net Combined Ratio contained at 98.9% by record growth - Dubai's Sukoon Insurance gets UAE Central Bank go-ahead to buy Arabian Scandinavian Insurance - A special deal between Kipco and Fairfax - Reinsurance market posts 10-year record for 2022 – report - Saudi Arabia: health insurance to reach $10 billion by 2028 - Marsh publishes the: “Political risk report 2023”. - Lebanon: Al-Abyad announces new projects with insurance companies - An agreement between the Lebanese Order of Physicians - Beirut and TPAs - President of IFE: Raising interest rates is a major step to reduce inflation - Reinsurers maintain discipline at challenging April renewal: Gallagher Re - Gulf Insurance Group to acquire AIG Egypt - Syria: The Ministry of Finance holds a meeting to discuss the role of the insurance sector - Damages of the recent earthquake in Turkey are on the way to reimbursement - Japan finances the health insurance project in Egypt with $335.5m - Insurance companies achieved EGP 14.5 bn as premiums in 3 months - Syria: A new board of directors for the Syrian Federation of Insurance Companies - IFE tracks company losses - Lebanon: A responsibility among physicians and insurance companies... and the citizen suffers! - UAE: 6.5% growth of insurance written premiums by end of 2022 - The Aqaba Conference Committee publishes the names of the participants - UAE: Auto insurance prices remain below floor set by regulator despite price hikes - Global insurance market to remain hard driven by increased demand and inflation - The Saudi General Authority for Competition approves the merger of “Enaya” and “United Ins.” - IFE holds a workshop on the "Insurance market in Egypt" - Interview with the Secretary General of the Syrian Insurance Fed. New articles of association - Turkiye: Financial loss arising from 6 Feb earthquakes estimated at 'shocking' total of over US$103b - Preparations for the Gaif in its 34th version have begun… - Egypt: 18.3% growth in insurance premiums - In Egypt, assets of insurance companies rise to 178.4 bn pounds - UAE: AM Best: Intense price competition reduced the profitability of insurance companies - Lloyd’s to report improved underwriting result but investments drive full year loss - Morocco: Insurance regulator establishes Innovation & Insurtech unit - UAE: DIFC hosts DWIC - Jordan: 8.2% increase in premiums for insurance companies last year - GCC insurers benefit from strong premium growth - In Syria, did the earthquake hit the insurance sector? - In Lebanon, hospitals towards raising tariffs on ins cos - AI must be integrated into underwriting and claims processes: Munich Re’s Greene - Saudi Arabia: "Comprehensive policy"... obligating insurance companies to pay total claims - After Turkey's devastating earthquake... Lebanese are buying home insurance - S&P: Insurance premiums grow by 20% in Kuwait - GAIF announces the establishment of the Arab Actuaries Association - The UAE insurance sector maintains first rank in the Arab world - In Lebanon, compulsory insurance in fresh US$ - World Bank: $34 bn as Turkey earthquake damages - Reinsurance Recap: 2022 Results Mixed as Market Improves - Munich Re downsizes retro program for 2023 - Turkey earthquake economic losses by Moody’s - Lebanon: Crisis and the health sector coverage - Morocco: Life insurance sector poised to grow - Egypt: The insurance sector and the growth during 2023 - The Insurance Federation of Egypt and the intellectual property coverage - Earthquake risks and the role of the insurance industry in facing natural disasters - Merger of "Oman Qatar Insurance" and "Vision Insurance" - Reinsurance business faces restructuring amid hardening market - Fitch Affirms Tunis Re's National IFS at 'AA(tun)'; Outlook Stable - Insurers' body announces measures to ease plight of policyholders and agencies in quake region - Reinsurance: $130 bn expected claims due to natural disasters - SAMA: first branch of a foreign insurance company licensed in the Kingdom - The state is without money; however insurance companies are ready - Turkey earthquakes could result in $1bn+ loss - Munich Re announces cyber risk management program - SAMA: Officially the insurance sector applies IFRS 17 and IFRS 9 - MEA reinsurers: ranking according to 2021 turnover - Syrian insurance companies: 2021 ranking - The list of reinsurers allowed to operate in the Egyptian market has increased to 299 companies - Lebanon: Only 400,000 person have insurance policies - Morocco: Regulator to establish insurance distribution gauge - In Egypt, FRA amends the licensing conditions for Takaful - The Egyptian economy is expected to grow by 5% in 2023 - Reinsurance: Sector introduces Open Exposure Data (OED) Standard for risk modelling - In Jordan, a modern insurance contract law - Al Qahera News presents a report on ins. claims in 2022 - Traffic accidents are diminishing in Saudi Arabia, but insurance rates are rising - In Egypt, FRA approves the registration of a new Chinese reinsurer - Natural disasters caused over $130bn global insured losses in 2022: Aon - Hannover Re Transfers Cyber Risks to Capital Markets via Proportional Reinsurance - Global: Calculation differences hinder comparisons of IFRS 17 results - UAE: 3 listed insurance companies are considering merging - In Egypt, FRA regulates credit insurance - Syria: The Insurance Supervisory Authority monitors the insurance sector - Saudi Arabia: Regulator allows third parties in a motor accident to opt for cash payout - Insurance companies achieved 47 bn pounds as premiums - Reinsurers must seek new opportunities & reprice amid climate pressure: Moody’s - Turkiye: Insurance association proposes changes to insurance rules and operations - Morocco: Takaful companies offer around 60 products in nascent market - Reinsurers’ underwriting margins expected to improve in 2023, says Fitch - In the black sea: some companies stop insurance and prices up by 20% - $270 bn as natural disaster losses - Egypt: The flexibility of the exchange rate contributes to providing liquidity in the market - Saudi insurance sector remains strong, posts 27% growth in Q3 - Egypt: Regulator publishes new rules for supplementary motor insurance branch - Tunisia: Insurance market to see significant momentum in reform - Intermediary Reinsurance Broker Ltd launched in Iraq - Launch of the Risk Management Certificate for insurance and reinsurance professionals in Lebanon - Reinsurers' expectations for the January 1, 2023 renewal - Pricing of reinsurance programs for year 2023 - Global reinsurance market: main indicators 2017-2021 - Lebanon: Payment in fresh $ exclusively... Insurance companies will raise prices - Saudi Arabia: United Cooperative Assurance is considering merging with Saudi Enaya - Egypt: Insurance companies bet on treasury bills to maximize returns - Growth of takaful in Morocco - Kuwait: The insurance regulator licenses 3 brokers - Morocco: Regulator says work to revise insurance law is progressing well - UAE: Central Bank to activate the account requirements for insurance companies’ premiums - ‘Droves’ of Global Re Market Entrants Unlikely; Outlook Stable: AM Best - Egypt: Launching a new Takaful insurance co. - Life - Increasing the spending on digital transformation globally by 700% in insurance - Munich Re estimates 2022 storm losses at $110bn, of which $65bn insured - Substantial changes in war reinsurance programmes possible in 2023: Gallagher - Fitch Ratings confirms the rating of Misr Insurance Co. - 90m EGP as insurance premiums by “Apex Egypt” - 3rd Libya International Insurance Forum - 25 b health insurance sector growth - Lloyd's market: main indicators 2017-2021 - Moody’s affirms the rating of "Kuwait Insurance" - Oman: 33 m OMR as insurance premiums - UAE: DIFC Insurance Association's new CEO assumes office on 1 Dec - 16th RDV de Carthage Insurance and Reinsurance - GCC: Insurance performance as at 30/9/2022 - Reinsurance market: 2023 renewal - MENA: rating of main regional reinsurers - United Insurance Company raises its paid-up capital - Saudi Arabia: SAMA launches a training program for finance in the insurance sector - Egypt: The Egyptian Insurance Federation reveals the contribution of the insurance sector - S&P’s downgrades SCOR rating - Kuwait: The right to buy or sell the shares of Kuwaiti Re - Asia Pacific: Life insurance business in advanced markets expected to fall - UAE: Insurance association maintains it upholds regulatory agenda amidst talk of motor insurance - Oman: Regulator revamps 13 online services in insurance sector - Lebanon: a meeting around impacts on insurance companies - Saudi Arabia: SAMA issues comprehensive motor insurance rules - FRA renews the registration of Sky Insurance Brokers - The Insurance Federation of Egypt addresses to approve insurance of electric cars - JOIF hosted an Arab symposium to discuss topics related to compliance - Jordanian insurance market: increase in net profit as at September 30, 2022 - 3 workshops in cooperation with reinsurance companies and Gaif issued an electronic bulletin - Tunisian insurance groups: ranking according to turnover in year 2021 - 2021 ranking of the best reinsurers in the world - Top 100 - Top 20 insurance and reinsurance brokers - Bahrain insurance market in 2021 - Saudi Arabia: Listed insurers' combined GWP surges but net profit stays flat for first 9 months - New car insurance regulation in Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia: Mr Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Sudairy assigned as CEO of "Gulf General" - Egypt: Comprehensive medical coverage - GCC: Economies in the region set to get extra boost from FIFA 2022 World Cup - Syrian insurance market: results for the first half year 2022 - Misr Insurance Co.: capital increase - AM Best confirms the rating of SNIC Insurance - Libya: Parliament approves amendment to the health insurance law - Rise of rainfall and flooding in 2022 - Saudi Arabia: Central Bank issues Comprehensive Motor Insurance Rules - Jordan: 19 insurers post combined net profits of over US$26m in first 3 quarters of this year - Bahrain: Central Bank plans to issue ESG disclosure guidelines in 1H2023 - Lebanon: The “customs dollar” - Syrian Insurance Sector Report (First Half Year 2022) - Kuwait: proposal to cancel the insurance unit - Top 5 reinsurers in the world: equity 2021 - Podium of Algerian insurers in 2021 - Conclusion of merger: Walaa and SABB Takaful - Morocco: e-status in Motor insurance - Insurance companies pay EGP 17.47 bn - Liquidation of four Jordanian insurance companies - Insurers to expect low premium income growth in 2023 - Oman: The no of nationals insured in the private sector increased by 8.1% - Jordan: Meeting of the International Federation of Takaful and Islamic Insurance Companies - FRA: renewal for Trust Reinsurance Brokerage - SAMA: Saudi Re expects more than 5% increase in business from new reinsurance cession requirements - UAE: Employers can opt for insurance to cover their liabilities to workers - Taxes on life insurance contracts in Morocco - Top 10 non-life insurance markets in 2021 - The Egyptian insurance market - Lebanon: Actuarial challenges - Morocco: Increase of premiums by 6.2% - Bahrain: Asiri: Life insurance premiums amounted to 52 million dinars - Egypt: rising interest rates positively affects the economy - A seminar on “Lebanon’s management of the healthcare sector in light of the economic crisis” - Assurances Maghrebia Vie: IPO - FRA in Egypt discusses with reinsurers mechanisms for developing the sector's products - Insurance Federation urges companies to use technology - Bahrain: stable results in the insurance sector - Preparing for the 9th Aqaba Conference - Egypt: Insurers look forward to more business on introduction of new car import scheme - Egypt: FRA signs a memorandum of understanding with the Moroccan Authority - Saudi Arabia: Govt outlines scope of coverage of compulsory Umrah insurance policy - Exports to Sub-Saharan Africa: the Tunisian State covers 50% of insurance premiums - Asian reinsurers looking to expand in the Egyptian market - Saudi Arabia: Merger of SABB Takaful with Walaa Insurance - Kuwait: Authorization to 11 brokers - High inflation and Nat CATs call for disciplined risk management, says Munich Re - CMA approves Bupa Arabia capital increase - Egypt: Compulsory Motor insurance pool pays $3 m as claims - Moody's downgrades SCOR's outlook - MENA: Reinsurance capacity in the region continues to be highly changeable - AM Best confirms the rating of CCR Algeria - MENA: need for a regional natural catastrophe insurance pool - Reinsurers ranking in 2021 - Africa non-life insurance market in 2021 - UAE: Aman to pull out of insurance operations to become holding co - Turkiye: Surety insurance starts to grow shoots - Tunis insurance market in 2021 - AM Best confirms the rating of GIG Egypt - CIMA zone: insurance density and rates by country in 2020 - AM Best confirms GIG Jordan's rating - Oman Insurance Company becomes Sukoon - Oman: Insurance market expands by 10% in 1H2022 - Egypt: 3 companies competing to insure Telecom Egypt - $120 bn economic losses insured globally last year - Decline in demand and rise in interest rates: challenges for the insurance sector - Global average annual insured losses from extreme events in excess of $120bn: Verisk - Qatar: Mandatory health insurance premium for visitors announced - Turkiye: More farmers are buying agricultural insurance - Egypt: cabinet proposes cooperation with the insurance sector - Insurance: highest CEO or GM salaries, year 2020 - An insurance expert: for the establishment of a brokers’ federation - Egyptian insurers urged to raise rates - AM Best: negative outlook for the SCOR group - Merger between SALAMA and Takaful Emarat - Saudi Arabia: Motor insurance coverage does not exceed 50% - Bahrain: BIBF launches a professional certificate in insurance - Egypt: Russia-Ukraine war and Corona affected the insurance sector - Qatar: Top insurer and leading investment bank form joint venture - Saudi Arabia: “SAMA”: Consumers pay 27.22 million riyals per day to insure their vehicles - Emirates: An upcoming merger of three insurance companies - Tunisian insurance companies: 2021 ranking - Egyptian insurance market in 2021: turnover by branch - Partnership between SCR and AIG - Saudi Arabia: Minister of finance: a new regulator for the insurance sector soon - Kuwait: “Insurance Regulation”: 24 companies licensed to provide compulsory car insurance in Kuwait - Financial Sector Development Program: Saudi Arabia aims to increase the per capita insurance share - Partnership between Sanlam and NAPS - Middle East: NLGIC Group announces C-suite leadership team - Outstanding growth in life in Egypt - Saudi Arabia: insurance market to be difficult if the companies do not merge - Proposed merger between Al Sagr and Gulf Union Al Ahlia - UAE: Financial regulators host cyber risk supervisory college - Turkiye: Vehicle insurance premiums more than double - Egypt: The Insurance Federation restructures the general committees for a period of 4 years - Preparations for launching a reinsurance company in the UAE - Turkiye: Demand for supplementary health insurance soars - Egypt: Insurers renew calls for customers to reassess insured asset sums amidst rising inflation - Union Financière Holding increases its stake in Assurances Maghrebia - The Central Bank achieves the target number of appointments - Global marine insurance premiums rose by 6.4% between 2020 and 2021 - Non-life insurance market in the Middle East: 2021 premiums by country - 2021 Algeria insurance market: Turnover by branch - AM Best downgrades credit ratings of Milli Re - Turkey: 3rd FAIR Reinsurance Forum - Jordan: Joint meeting between JOIF and the Central Bank of Jordan - Wafa Assurance: Badreddine Belghiti at the head of the Assurance des entreprises pole - Insurance partnership between KSA and UAE - Algeria: SAA obtains ISO 9001 version 2015 certification - UAE: Emirati insurance market large enough to have its own major reinsurer - Oman: Govt to roll out compulsory private health insurance in phases in 2023 - Oman: OMR 723.2m, total investments of insurance companies - Jordan - Takaful tackled in the Arab Thought Forum - Underwriting margins to improve in 2022 and retrocession use remains steady: S&P - French re/insurers face unprecedented nat cat losses: Fitch - Lebanon - AM Best affirms rating of Arab Reinsurance Co. - M&A’s in insurance: main mega-deals concluded in 2021 and early 2022 - UAE listed insurance companies’ performance - Saudi Arabia - Bringing health insurance into the future - Tunis - Departure of Mr Abderrahmen Fatmi, former Director of Insurance at the Ministry of Finance - Jordan statistics - Growth in life in Egypt - Insurance: M&As witness the strongest growth since 10 years - Jordan - For the first time in the history of JOIF… Aqaba Conference to be held for the 2nd year - Jordan – Election of the Executive Committee (Fire, General Accident and Engineering) - UAE: Written premiums rise by 8% during the first half of 2022 - Egypt - Bulletin of the Insurance Federation of Egypt no 253 - Lebanon: Latest report of the Insurance Commission - Egypt: 2021 ranking of insurance companies in Egypt - Change in the top 10 reinsurers in 2021 - Bahrain: CBB directs all insurance companies - Egypt: "Suez Canal Insurance" records EGP1.3bn - Jordan: IFRS 17 - Fitch: Reinsurance rates to increase - Kuwait: Insurance Regulatory Unit suspends 3 companies - Lebanon: New CEO of Allianz - Ajman: Sheikh Ahmed Al Nuaimi issues a decision to amend the health insurance system - Qatar: Merger of Doha Ins. and Kuwait Ins. - Egypt: Restructuring the BOD of the Egyptian FRA - Egypt: Libano-Suisse Takaful targets EGP450m of premiums - Saudi Arabia: Saudi Enaya's shareholders vote against winding up - Algeria: Insurers call for changes/Nat CAT insurance - The dollar increase amplifies the insurance claims’ invoice.. - Kuwait: Insurance market shows modest growth in 2021 - Moroccan insurance market: 5.3% increase in 2022 half-yearly premiums - Predictive analytics: changing the business rules in the insurance market - UAE: Conglomerate mulls setting up a reinsurance company - UAE insurance companies ranked first in terms of premiums - A regional reinsurance hub in the making - Kuwait: 16% profit increase in insurance - FAIR: Increase in Pools’ premiums to $82.8m - SCR: Fitch Ratings confirms AAA rating with stable outlook - UAE: Conventional insurance business outpaces takaful in premium and profit growth in 1H - Best’s Market Segment Report: Reinsurers See More Stable and Improved Results - Intense competition will continue to weight on Islamic insurers’ earnings: S&P - Insurance premiums jump to $7 trillion and inflation reduces results - UAE: 5 most profitable insurers capture 86% of combined profits of listed insurers - Saudi Arabia: Kingdom's sole reinsurer shows improved technical results for 1H - MENA: GAIF outlines scenarios for the development of the Arab insurance market - GCC: Takaful sector's net earnings expected to remain modest in 2022-2023 - Reinsurance: Canada Life Re is the 1st life reinsurer to be among world's top 4 reinsurers - Turkiye: Over 9m residential properties lack quake insurance - Munich Re Keeps No. 1 Spot in Ranking of 50 Global Reinsurers, With Swiss Re at No. 2 - London Workers Could Save Money by Returning to Offices as Bills Soar: Research - Australia’s Extreme Climate Risks Threaten to Make Home Insurance Unaffordable - Global reinsurance maintains “prudent approach” to claims reserving: AM Best - Insurance industry hit by rising digital fraud in H1 2022 - UAE: Insurance market to expand by 5% this year in terms of GPW - Turkiye: Insurance sector's GWP soar by 93% in 1H in nominal terms - Egypt: Regulator studies requiring insurers to maintain minimum level of investments - Dutch Insurer NN Group’s H1 Profit Slips on Impact of Storm Claims - Weakening UK Regulators Would Undermine Financial Services, Bank of England Warns - Inflationary recession to impact insurance demand, drive claims costs higher: Swiss Re Institute - Kuwait: Reinsurer posts US$13m in 1H net profits - Zurich Insurance Reports 25% Increase in H1 Operating Profit, Beating Expectations - Cowbell Cyber links up with Swiss Re - UK Insurer Aviva Posts 14% Rise in H1 Operating Profit - Morocco: Govt to recommend tax surcharge on oligopolistic sectors - Wildfires Rage in France, Destroying Homes, Forcing Evacuation of Residents - UK Financial Services Firms Suffer From Record Skills Shortage - Malaysia’s non-life insurance segment outlook remains stable: AM Best - Saudi Arabia: Insurance market forecast to grow by 5-10% this year - 6th Saudi Insurance Symposium to spotlight compulsory insurance, innovation & growth - Lebanon: Insurance regulatory reform in limbo because of political deadlock - Reinsurance: Munich Re posts profit of US$1.4bn for 1H2022 - Insurers Get Safety Assurances for Ships Exporting Ukraine Grain Through Black Sea - More Grain Ships Safely Depart From Ukrainian Black Sea Ports - 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Acquires UK Risk Management Consultant, Another Day - Central Bank of Ireland launches climate change risk guidance for insurance sector - Egypt: Life insurers to start using first set of local actuarial life tables in Oct - Malaysia to Offer Crop Insurance to Strengthen Food Security - Berkshire Hathaway reports strong Q2 2022 P&C reinsurance result - Lebanon: Non-life & life insurance sectors face several constraints - Saudi Arabia: Health insurer posts 16% fall in pre-zakat net profit to US$114m in 1H2022 - Global insurance premium volumes to reach new high in 2022 - Aon’s Reinsurance Solutions names WTW’s Becky Allison as COO of STG - South Africa: Central bank says insurers need to strengthen risk management - India: Regulator consolidates and updates anti-money laundering guidelines for insurers - Global Insurtech Investment Down 50% in Q2: Gallagher Re - London Insurance Sector Readies $50M Ukraine Grain Cargo Cover - Swiss Re launches catastrophe bond focused investment adviser - Egypt: Motor insurers eyeing 10% increase in premium income - Lloyd’s Insurer Hiscox to Provide Insurance for Ukraine Grain Shipments - $170bn of global insurance premiums at risk by 2027, research suggests - Lebanon: 2 years after Beirut Blast, operating environment remains tough for (re)insurers - Morocco: Insurers' counterparty risk remains under control - French Insurer AXA Posts 3% Rise in H1 Net Profit - Floods, Storms Drive Global Insured Catastrophe Losses of US$38B in H1 2022: Swiss Re - Société Centrale de Réassurance’s expansion cited as rating affirmed - Saudi Arabia: Central Bank approves merger between SABB Takaful and Walaa Insurance - Lloyd’s and Aon report reveals the highly interrelated risks of Ukraine conflict - Global Commercial Insurance Rates Rise 9%, Continuing Moderating Trend: Marsh - Global Claims Review 2022 - AXA tops list of largest EU insurers ranked by GPW - Global Natural Disasters Cost Insurers $34 Billion in H1 2022: Munich Re - Swiss Re returns to profit but H1 net income falls on investment result & Ukraine reserves - Motor insurance premiums lag claims inflation - Asia Pacific: Region faces Nat CAT economic losses of US$22bn in 1H - SCOR posts H1 2022 net loss as nat cats, war in Ukraine & COVID-19 hit profitability - Turkey: Insurers acknowledge the influence of Gen Z - Global: Lloyd’s-Aon report indicates how businesses can mitigate risks arising - India: Regulator considers several changes to insurance operations - Lloyd’s Insurers Preparing to Cover Ukraine Grain - Natural Disasters Cost Insurers $39B During H1 2022, 18% More Than Average: Aon - GCC: Insurance markets in the region sees P&C rates mostly hardening - UAE: National health insurer offers medical plans to investors and talents - One-Quarter of Firms Operating at Lloyd’s Reach 35% Target for Women Leaders - RenRe’s underwriting performance remains strong, but investments drive Q2 loss - Turkey: Regulator warns insurers against avoiding underwriting compulsory motor - Saudi Arabia: Insurers required to pay small motor third-party liability claims - IAG reports rise in net profits - Reinsurers need to rebuild confidence: Ariel Re CEO - Morocco: Insurance sector returns to pre-COVID levels - Egypt: Russia-Ukraine war affects tourism-related insurance business - Ukraine, Russia Sign Deal to Reopen Grain Export Ports While War Continues to Rage - Allianz Notes Rising Business Interruption Costs in Global Claims Report - Beazley’s H1 profit falls on investment losses as underwriting performance improves - Egypt: Insurers eager to invest more in digital technology - OS Climate Launches Tools to Help Firms, Investors Make Climate-Friendly Decisions - Guy Carpenter sees 9% revenue growth in Q2 as Marsh McLennan reports ‘another strong quarter’ - AM Best highlights Lloyd’s improved combined ratio in recent assessment - Africa: Several markets show robust real growth in premium income in 2021 - Insurers Want Safety Assurances Before Covering Ships Sailing in Ukraine Grain Corridor - Global insured losses from catastrophes above average at $39bn in H1 2022: Aon - Egypt: Insurance federation and regulator to develop sustainable insurance strategy - Saudi Arabia: SAMA data show net loss of over US$40m for insurers in 1Q - Saudi Arabia: SAMA issues model professional liability insurance policy for auditors - Oman: Regulator aims to improve health insurance claims handling - Swiss Re names Verisk’s Latarche as Chief Commercial Officer, Reinsurance Solutions - UK Regulator Pushes Insurers to Cut Premiums for Fire-Risk Apartments - GAIF 12th Webinar - UK Regulator May Lack Bandwidth to Push Post-Brexit Competitiveness: Policymaker - Top US P&C underwriters saw robust premium growth in 2021 - Saudi Arabia: Insurance Symposium to take place next September - China’s Tough COVID Policy Still Drags on Economy - ANZ Agrees to Buy Australian Insurer Suncorp’s Bank Operations for $3.3 Billion - AXA to sell a closed life & pensions insurance portfolio to Athora Germany - Turkiye: Call for support for insurance agencies - Allianz Aims to Grow Global Program Business with New Multinational Team - Munich Re’s COVID claims persisting beyond expectations: Jefferies - Integration of loss history, Archipelago’s latest product update - Algeria: National reinsurer's net profit jumps by 20% in 2021 - Natural Disasters Cost Global Economy $32B in Q1, With Only $14B Insured: Aon - SCOR Warns of Ukraine Conflict Impact on Q1 2022 Results - AM Best turns negative on French life and non-life sectors - Lockton launches Insights & Innovation Lab - Howden Acquires 2 Italian Brokers Nord Est Insurance Broker and ASI - UK Brokerage Group Jensten Simplifies Corporate Structure, Brands - AUB Group confirms Tysers discussions ongoing - New capital requirements in Japan are credit positive: Moody’s - AM Best assigns positive credit ratings to Fortitude Re - P&C reinsurers see profit & premium improvement: RAA - MAPFRE outlines new strategy, targets 6% premium growth - Insured losses from Australia floods now above $2bn, says ICA - India’s State-Run Insurer LIC Set to Launch Record $8 Billion IPO on March 11: Sources - QBE returns to profitability in 2021, helped by premium growth - Mosaic activates more capacity to meet transactional liability risks - Bahrain: Insurance market expected to grow at faster pace in 2021-2026 compared to 2015-2020 - Tokio Marine triples international profits through Q3 - Marsh McLennan appoints new director - Sompo International Opens German Headquarters in Cologne - Qatar: Several favourable factors fuel insurance market growth - AXA Completes Sale of Singapore Business to HSBC - UK Insurer Beazley Sees Opportunity (and Risk) in Cyber Market - GCC: Insurance industry predicted to grow at CAGR of 3.2% in next 5 years - GAIF: Insurance players discuss 3 major challenges at Rendez-Vous de Carthage - Aon’s Reinsurance Solutions contributes to robust revenue growth in 2021 - Beazley’s Digital Division Launches, Aiming to Transform Brokers’ Access - LMA Announces ‘At-the-Box’ or ‘In-the-Office’ Availability for Lloyd’s Underwriters - Natural Disasters Cost Insurers $116B in 2021, or 63% Higher Than Average: Gallagher Re - QBE Launches Sustainable Energies Unit to Support Clients’ Transition to Lower Carbon - Insurtech MIC Global Receives ‘In-Principle’ Approval to Launch Lloyd’s Syndicate - FERMA Launches Risk Management Tool for Remote Working - Allianz and UniCredit Expand Longstanding Multi-Country Bancassurance Agreement - UK Insurer First Central Weighs Sale That Could Value Business at £600M: Sources - UK Business Closures Jump 14% as Pandemic Takes Brutal Toll on Small Firms - Everest Re Group Signs UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance - Climate Risk Is Top London Market Challenge, IUA Survey Shows - In Both Hard and Soft Markets, Zurich Aims to Maintain Focus on Underwriting Discipline - UK Insurtech Zego Expands in Europe, Targeting £20B Fleet Insurance Market - Cyber MGA Resilience Becomes Lloyd’s Coverholder - Lloyd’s Weighs Future of Headquarters as Market Embraces Flexible Working - Reinsurers’ 2022 Profit Outlook Better Than Primary Insurers: Fitch - ‘Cybersecurity Failure’ Named a Critical Global Threat in WEF Survey Report - 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Spreading Hope In Arab Insurance

The economy of the Arab region is very diverse with various stages of economic development, vastly different levels of income, but with a common heritage and the same challenges. The insurance sector is a dynamic service sector that creates opportunities, enhances welfare and promotes economic activity. In 2014, the Arab insurance industry witnessed a global growth of 10% and total premiums reaching $32 billion dollars. Presently, the insurance sector is growing but still below its full potential and ability due to several factors, including the low level of penetration when comparing to other developing markets.

Most of the MENA countries have seen increases in insurance penetration over the past five years however, it is still low compared to other regions in the world with similar income levels.

The region contributes to five percent of global gross domestic production, but only shares one percent of the global insurance market.There are significant differences across MENA countries, with some countries displaying low penetration ratios (Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, and some GCC countries), and only few showing ratios above 1.5% of GDP (such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco).

MENA’s life insurance sector is even smaller, with an average penetration ratio of only 0.3% of GDP; an outlier by comparison with other regions.

Only few countries (UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon and Morocco) display penetration ratios comparable to those in other emerging markets. When it comes to the Lebanese insurance sector, the industry managed to strengthen its standing over the time despite the ongoing political and security hurdles. In this context, the insurance penetration rate reached 3.24% of GDP in 2014 compared to a 2.6% of GDP in 2003. The expectations are that the Lebanese market will continue to grow during the coming years and Lebanon will remain ranked number one in respect to insurance penetration.

Prior to 2011, political stability, high oil prices and steadily growing GDP attracted international and major insurers and reinsurers to the region boosting the insurance industry.

During the years preceding the Arab political turmoil, the MENA insurance market underwent significant changes. Most markets experienced growth across all lines of business and increase in maturity, both from consumers getting better understanding of their insurance needs and from insurance companies developing stronger capabilities and retaining more risks.

However, since 2011, with the 2008 financial crisis and Arab political turmoil, the environment for insurance companies has been more challenging and the outlook more uncertain.

At the same time, regulators are becoming increasingly active in pushing for additional market discipline by placing additional demands and requirements on insurance companies. Consequently, it would probably create both threats and opportunities for insurers over the next few years.

A lot can be said about the analytics of the political, economic and insurance market situation in the Arab world today, yet hope will be the key success factor for the future.

The business term for hope is confidence, referred to as consumer confidence or investment confidence; i.e. the belief in better future prospects as confidence is measured according to spending levels in listed categories.

Turmoil in the Arab world has reached a level where morale, motivation, versatility and adaptability will be more useful than a gloomy rational retrospective analytics.

In the Arab countries severely affected by war, the insurance sector managed to survive under strain while countries affected by turmoil have a resilient yet non-flourishing insurance sector. Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) economies have been negatively affected by decreasing oil prices although the ambitions for insurance remain quite high.

Spreading hope was the hidden message of the May 2016 31st General Conference in Beirut of the General Arab Insurance Federation.

GAIF Secretary-General Mr Abdul Khaliq R Khalil issued a message of hope rather than delving into numerical indicators.

“I’m convinced that every challenge brings with it opportunities which can allow the industry to achieve better growth and profitability. But it requires the right controls in the market and also training and development of employees”. Moreover,

the current president of the Lebanese Insurance Association (ACAL), Mr. Max Zaccar, as well as the previous president, Mr. Assaad Mirza, in addition to other ACAL staff, were keen on a positive forward-looking attitude in all public releases

despite a tumultuous regional geopolitical situation but in light of resilience Lebanese insurance figures.

To date, falling oil prices and regional instability are not the key concerns of the GCC insurance industry, as the major preoccupations have been turning premium growth into profitable growth,  adequately steering compulsory health insurance, enforcing actuarial standards, addressing consumer complaints, strengthening solvability, driving the insurance sector back into a sound sustainability and controlling price competition.

Moreover, the Saudi Vision 2030 was warmly welcomed by the insurance sector as heralding significant opportunities for the services sector, including insurance, while Moroccan insurers optimistically embraced the African vision of Moroccan authorities with the multiplication of Pan-African insurance acquisitions. In Tunisia, a 5-year plan strategy was drafted for the insurance sector. In Egypt, several capital injections were spotted in the insurance sector amid plans for regulatory reforms and positive hopes. The Lebanese insurance sector is still very active and aims at taking advantage of oil and gas insurance projects.

Luckily enough, insurance and actuarial education, insurance awareness programs, as well as regulatory reforms have made significant progress in all Arab countries as illustrated by a series of actions, relayed by the media, compared to previous decades.

The media do believe in insurance. Again, hope and business confidence are the hidden messages of weekly insurance TV programs such as the Lebanese “Ammen Halak” in TL Liban and various series about insurance in CNBC Arabia.

Source: Atlas Magazine, Miscellaneous sources and Arab Re

Favorable socio-economic trends and recent laws on mandatory insurance are likely to spur a rise in demand for health and life insurance products especially in the MENA region's top three financial centers: the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain. From being virtually non-existent in countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the life insurance market in the MENA region has been expanding over the last few years. The MENA Insurance Barometer, published by the Qatar Financial Centre Authority in March 2016, notes that life insurance premiums in MENA totaled $7.9bn in 2014 compared to a US $4.1bn in 2007.

Furthermore, markets instinctively and naturally look for a real and profitable growth, risk-adequate returns on equity, business sustainability, public interest, professionalism and qualification. But,

unfortunately, overall premium written increases in several MENA markets are merely inflation reflections or deeply needed price correction trends.

Genuine organic growth has been driven by compulsory lines boosting overall MENA premiums and Global Takaful figures as well. Perhaps the strategy of Arab insurers is therefore shifting into innovation, as competing on the same portion of business instead of creating new business has led to unhealthy competition and then to an unbearable prices correction, value destruction and reputational issues. New products have to be communicated to make sure new demand is created.

However, the premium volume of compulsory lines, such as motor and health, makes it difficult for insurers to look for business significance elsewhere.

While it is unclear how soon governments in the region will move towards placing more responsibility on the private sector, the outlook for the market is a positive one. This is mainly driven by the economic growth being experienced, and is expected to power the market growth. Insurance can play a crucial role in addressing the key challenges of the MENA region by protecting the assets of individuals, families and businesses and promoting economic development.

Spreading hope or business confidence will only succeed if the proper insurance and reinsurance strategies are set in parallel, in order to cope with the market dynamics and limit losses to a reasonable extent until a better future is reached.

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