On 24 October the IAIS, A2ii and Microinsurance Network in partnership with the Association of Insurance Supervisors of Latin America (ASSAL) and the Superintendencia de Seguros de la Nación (SSN) organised the Latin American Consultative Forum. Exciting discussions took place on the future of insurance given the rise of new digital technologies.
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Welcome to the A2ii 2017/2018 Annual Report.
The report covers the period October 2017 to September 2018 and showcases the A2ii’s activities in supporting supervisors to make their markets more inclusive. It also examines key trends in inclusive insurance markets and their implications.
Data innovation is challenging the traditional role of insurance regulators. Two major dilemmas emerge that insurance regulators and indeed all financial sector regulators face when confronted with how to regulate consumer data: 1. They must tread the balance to achieve positive consumer outcomes, by both enabling data-driven innovation but still protecting consumers from the risks that arise 2.
Policy makers and supervisors have been recognising the importance of National Financial Inclusion Strategies (NFIS) and Financial Sector Strategies as policy tools for financial inclusion. More recently, the topic of insurance has become an integral part of these strategies.
This report summarizes the status quo and lessons learnt on inclusive insurance in National Financial Inclusion Strategies (NFIS), based on a survey as well as four country case studies. For more than a decade, international guidance has been promoting the integration of insurance alongside other financial services. As such, inclusive insurance has increasingly gained importance with a growing number of policies and an increasing variety of products being offered.
Extreme weather events continue to undermine the resilience of low income countries in particular, mainly due to a limited capacity to recover and absorb losses associated with climatic hazards. This consultation call focused on climate risk insurance. Practical examples of climate risk insurance at different levels (macro and micro) were given and the role of the insurance supervisor discussed.
Insurance fraud is a phenomenon that every supervisory authority comes into contact with sooner or later, and if left unchecked it can seriously harm the health of the insurance market. On this consultation call, we had a number of supervisors who shared their approach to dealing with fraud: they spoke about the current state of fraud in their market, how they monitor it, and what kind of measures they have taken to address it.
This call that took place on 24 May 2018, dealt with supervisory ratios in insurance supervision, particularly in relation to client value and product cost structures. A record number of 89 supervisors from 36 countries participated on this call.