Apr 2015

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Special Feature

25th anniversary: Value of insurance to society - Making insurance invaluable

Eleven CEOs and three regulators share their views on the value of insurance, what our industry is still not doing right and how we can remedy these misconceptions.

25th anniversary: Value of insurance to society - The regulator's view

In order to present a complete story on the value of insurance, Asia Insurance Review also sought out a few regulators for their views on insurance and how best to help the industry progress.

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25th anniversary: Value of insurance to society - Beyond protection

As we mark our 25th Anniversary with an international summit to celebrate the contribution of insurance to society, we salute three insurers who are already moving beyond just insurance to provide value to society.

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25th anniversary: Value of insurance to society - Celebrating Silver Jubilee

25 years since the idea of establishing AIR was conceived in April 1990, these are just some of the tributes from the industry's luminaries that we have been humbled to receive over the years.

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25th anniversary: Value of insurance to society - Saluting the Founder of Asia Insurance Review

As Asia Insurance Review marks the 25th Anniversary, we salute the founder of the magazine, Mr Hwang Soo Jin, whose brain child it was

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AEC focus: Cross-border capital raising made possible in ASEAN

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) have jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Securities Commission Malaysia and the Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand, to facilitate cross-border offerings of Equity Securities and Plain Debt Securities in ASEAN.

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AEC focus: ASEAN trade growth could exceed global average by 2%

ASEAN'S total trade growth this year is likely to exceed that of the global average by 2-3%, said Malaysia's International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

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India focus: India's Insurance Bill finally sees the light of day

After a seven-year wait, the Indian Parliament finally cleared the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015, that, among other things, raised the FDI limit from 26% to 49%. It is an exciting time for the market which today has 52 companies, of which 24 are life insurers and 28 are non-life insurers, including five exclusive health insurers. By Jimmy John

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CEO summit: Reinvention - Now!

Is it time to reinvent the business? Speakers at the recent 15th Asia CEO Insurance Summit point to the disruption facing the industry, what some insurers are doing to get a leg up in the new environment, and what insurers lagging behind need to do. By Benjamin Ang

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Political and credit risks:The world's politics just got riskier

2015 is set to be the most unstable year in global politics in recent history, with the tools to wage conflict more varied, thereby pushing the stakes much higher.

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Political and credit risks: Trade Credit Insurance: The essential credit management tool

Mr Fabrice Desnos of Euler Hermes maintains that as growth opportunities continue to emerge for Asian companies, credit insurance is an effective revelator of the tensions in global trade and the new forms of risks companies are exposing themselves to.

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Political and credit risks: Risky business? - The changing landscape of trade credit risk in SE Asia

Mr Michael Frigo and Mr Petr Racek of Atradius give an overview of the risks in the region, the availability and accuracy of financial information and the impact of the implementation of ASEAN Economic Community at the end of this year.

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Brokers' summit: Brokers should focus on SMEs

Delegates at the 3rd Asia Insurance Brokers' Summit concur that one sector of opportunity that brokers can look into is the SME sector. We bring you a wrap of some of the discussions including suggested strategies and business models for brokers today.

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Finance, risk and actuarial change in insurance: Three's company: From coexistence to cooperation

In EY's global insurance CFO survey, participants operating in Asia ranked implementing new regulatory and financial reporting requirements and being a better business partner as their first and second priorities, respectively, through to 2020. Mr Ranjit Jaswal and Mr Phil Gough of EY elaborate.

Structural fire: The forgotten risk of Jakarta

Fire risk is increasing in Jakarta. Mr Avianto Amri, Ms Deanne Bird and Ms Katharine Haynes from Risk Frontiers highlight the escalating danger as urbanisation grows in the capital. They urged insurers to play a critical role in reducing the impact of such disasters.