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Taiwan: Regulator urged to act boldly to promote insurance access

Source: Asia Insurance Review | Sep 2017

Taiwan Regulation

Taiwan’s newly appointed Director-General of the Insurance Bureau has said that the insurance regulator has identified seven areas which it will focus on, including supervising insurers by ratings.
   Mr Wu Kuei-Mao, who was appointed to the post this week in a reshuffle at the Financial Supervisory Commission, said that the Bureau would continue to uphold a pro-active, open and effective approach to supervision, reported the Central News Agency. 
   He said that the seven major areas of focus in the Bureau’s work will be:
  • promote the investment of insurance funds in the public construction and social welfare sectors;
  • develop online insurance business;
  • encourage the development of insurance products for senior citizens;
  • promote inclusive finance;
  • encourage the application of FinTech and financial innovation to promote the development of diversified insurance products;
  • strengthen controls against money laundering;
  • implement supervision by ratings to give more room for development for insurers which comply with rules and which have good risk management.
   Elaborating on how the Bureau proposes to supervise insurance companies by ratings, Mr Wu said that the current thinking is to start with product structure. A comprehensive rating table will be drawn up for product structure. If the rating is good, the Bureau could grant incentives to the insurers concerned. In addition, he said, insurers could be rated on their pre-sales procedures. A 
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