What a year 2020 was. Yet the insurance industry stood out despite the travails of the pandemic. There were even many stars born in insurance doing great things for society in helping people cope with the new norm, the health crisis and work-from-home.
So it’s with great excitement and pride that we at Asia Insurance Review carry on this baton to honour the insurance industry. It is indeed a milestone year for us as this is the silver jubilee of the Asia awards - 25 years of saluting excellence since we first launched the awards back in 1996 when we were only five years in the market.
I am especially humbled to be handed the reins this year when we in fact have a double celebration as Asia Insurance Review also celebrates its 30th anniversary. So in the spirit of celebration, let the games begin, as they say!
The awards have earned their place in the industry calendar over the years, thanks to the highly prestigious panel of judges, some of whom have served on the panel for years. Coupled with that, the clearly defined criteria and transparent auditing process have made them the most coveted trophies today.
Asia has shown its mettle in this pandemic as being a region of strength, vigour and grit. So with that fighting spirit, we look forward to seeing a huge influx of entries from strong contenders this year. Make sure you send in your nominations to showcase your achievements and tenacity during these challenging times. These can be sent either as self-nominations or third-party ones. Both carry equal weight.
I would especially like to thank the distinguished panel of 27 judges, all of whom have committed their valuable time to this cause. And also a special thank you to all our sponsors over the last 25 years, without whom we would not have been able to carry this forward. Many of our sponsors have been supporting the awards almost from the very start, so our gratitude to all of you.
Our hope is to host the awards live at the 25th silver jubilee celebrations of the awards in November as we hand out the trophies in conjunction with the 17th SIRC. With the rollout of vaccinations around the world, we hope this is not a pipe dream.
We take this opportunity to wish you all the best and stay safe until we meet again.