Islamic insurance premiums to hit $12bn
Cairo, December 18, 2012
The Islamic insurance industry has demonstrated substantial growth in recent years with gross written premiums (GWPs) estimated to reach $12 billion in 2012, said an expert.
This growth will be coupled with a compound annual growth rate of up to 25 per cent, added Dr Metaib Al Rawqi, CEO of Saudi Arabia-based Weqaya Takaful Insurance and Reinsurance Company.
Al Rawqi was speaking ahead of the seventh International Takaful Summit (ITS) set to take place on February 18 and 19 at the InterContinental CityStars Cairo and expected to attract participation from over 25 countries.
“This rapid growth is driven by the continued business diversification and the ability of Islamic insurers to incorporate innovation into their strategies to expand customer access to competitive Shari'ah-compliant products and services through more efficient operations enabled by technology,” Al Rawqi continued.
“We at Weqaya Takaful are committed to the development of the Islamic insurance industry, therefore; our partnership with the ITS reflects Weqaya's commitment to promote the growth of the industry and support the ongoing quest to position the Islamic insurance industry globally and provide a promising career development and advancement to the young-generation to be the future leaders of the industry.
“We believe that the ITS is considered to be as a major catalyst for improving the competitiveness of the industry towards global positioning, and plays a significant role in facilitating dialogues and providing an ideal platform for the industry influential leaders to highlight the current dynamic industry’s conditions and address the key challenges and enablers facing the industry towards the global positioning,” he concluded.
“We are delighted to be holding ITS 2013 in Cairo next year,” said Mohaned Abdullah, managing director of event organiser Istishar iQ, a leading Islamic finance consultancy.
“Egypt is the market in the region that exhibits the greatest potential for Takaful growth in the region. Also geographically the country is conveniently located for access to the Middle East and Africa where the industry is flourishing.
“We felt that for these reasons the international Takaful industry would be encouraged to participate and this has been justified by the range of speakers that have agreed to participate so far and the diverse nature of our sponsors such as our lead partner Weqaya,” he added.
The annual ITS, traditionally held in London, has gained in popularity and is recognised as one of the key gatherings where the future of the Takaful is discussed in depth and the participants look to develop actual solutions.
During a recent pre-conference trip to Cairo, the organising team met with all the Takaful operators in the country as well as a number of supporting institutions.
“The feedback from Egypt was excellent and we would like to extend our gratitude to everyone we met for their warm welcome, particularly the Ministry of Finance, the Insurance Federation of Egypt, Nile Takaful, Egyptian Takaful Life and Africa Retakaful for their invaluable support,” said Randa Buaras PR and marketing manager for event organiser Afkar Consulting.
“We are looking forward to the summit as it will tap into the key issues that address both the challenges and opportunities facing new and growing markets.
“Takaful insurance constitutes five per cent of Egypt's LE10 billion ($1.6 billion) worth insurance market; this demonstrates great opportunity for growth, cultivated by an ever rising demand for Shari'ah-compliant products the outlook for the industry looks positive indeed,” she added. – TradeArabia News Service