27 years of saluting excellence
On behalf of Asia Insurance Review, I am delighted to announce the launch of the 27th year of the Asia Insurance Industry Awards. This is set to be an exciting year as the industry looks forward in anticipation to recovery, after what were very challenging years. These awards are a testament to the industry’s commitment, endurance, strength and spirit and continue to be the benchmark of excellence, innovation and the promotion of customer-centricity across Asia Pacific.
The insurance industry is one of the most fundamental sectors, and here in Asia, whilst there are various economic, geopolitical and social factors that may influence the trajectory of the industry in the coming years, the overall outlook remains positive. What we find year on year is that the industry is showing its true mettle despite these challenges, as shown especially in the last two years of the pandemic. It is indeed an honour for us to continue to showcase the best of our industry and highlight the tremendous achievements of the companies making significant contributions to its advancement.
As we continue to navigate both the challenges and opportunities of the insurance industry, it is essential to celebrate these achievements and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the various companies and individuals within its ecosystem.
As such, we at Asia Insurance Review look forward to the 27th year of honouring the cream of the crop and acknowledging the milestones achieved. We are excited to see what the nomination round brings – we anticipate only bigger and better examples of how the industry has broken barriers and pushed forward during the qualifying period.
I would like to express our deepest appreciation to the panel of 25 judges – without their commitment and support, these awards would not be possible. They help maintain the professionalism and integrity of the awards. The AIIA trophy holds high regard as demonstrated by the years of intense competition. We will endeavour to maintain the highest standards and carry the torch again this year with pride.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors for their continued support in making these awards what they are today. Together, we will continue to drive innovation and excellence for future generations and make a difference. In addition, we would also like to thank KPMG, the scrutineer and the watchdog ensuring the standards and integrity of the awards are maintained. The process remains stringent, transparent and watertight.
So make sure you send in your nominations to be amongst the best. The standard of entries improves with each passing year and your efforts will also inspire future generations to strive for excellence and continue to make a positive impact. We look forward to seeing a huge influx this year from strong contenders. Your entry will show your leading edge and how you have raised the bar during the qualifying period.
Whether your nominations take the form of self-nominations or via a third party, both carry equal weight. So make sure you throw your hat in the ring this year.
We look forward to seeing you at the awards gala dinner on the 30 October 2023 where the deserving winners will be revealed in conjunction with the 19th SIRC.
We take this opportunity to wish you all the best. Let the competition begin.
Ms Sheela Suppiah
Asia Insurance Review, Middle East Insurance Review
Celebrating the impact and achievements of agents and advisers
Global economic and geopolitical uncertainty have been major themes of the past 12 months and are likely to remain so. Looking back, we launched the 2022 awards amid ongoing concerns relating to the COVID pandemic and shortly before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The outbreak of war in Europe was first an urgent humanitarian crisis and second a seismic event for the global economy, given the impact it has had on supply chains, commodity prices and inflation. This has only added to the COVID-related challenges that remain with us.
However, despite the uncertainties, and in particular as a result of China’s reopening, it is possible to be more optimistic about the global economy in 2023. Our industry continues to play a vital role in the global economic recovery as an important source of long-term investment capital, risk management and pioneering products and technologies.
In addition, as consumers have grappled with the real-life implications of these macroeconomic issues, agents and advisers have once again been there to help them ensure they have the right protection for their families and themselves.
I am delighted that it will be possible to recognise the many important achievements of our industry in person in Singapore later this year. Agents and advisers have always been the engine of our industry. They are trusted sources of help and advice to our customers. They provide peace of mind in trying times and employ cutting-edge digital products and services to provide the right coverage to meet customers’ needs. They continue to strengthen communities, help to close the protection gap and enable our industry to grow.
I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Asia Insurance Review and Asia Advisers Network for helping us to recognise the many important achievements of our colleagues.
HSBC Holdings plc