CAPTION: Central Bank regulators in front of workshop venue, Novotel, Nadi.
Insurance supervisors from five pacific island countries and Timor Leste drafted action plans for their respective jurisdiction and identified the key challenges, gaps, and technical assistance requirements across a wide range of topics including inclusive insurance, microinsurance, risk management and on-site supervision.
This was the result of a weeklong Insurance Supervisors Workshop held between August 5th and 9th at the Novotel in Nadi.
Key priority areas for intervention in the future include the development and implementation of a model regulatory framework for inclusive insurance, building capacity on a regional basis on topics like reinsurance and risk based supervision principles and assistance in expanding insurance literacy to clients.
The actions plans and technical assistance needs of regional significance will be presented to the Pacific Island Working Group members in September and they will finalize the key areas for future engagement.
The participants were introduced to the different microinsurance business models, the risks distinctive to each of the model and the regulatory implications. As a result, they could comment on the nature of changes required around products, distribution channels and licensing aspects in their respective countries.
Arup Chatterjee from ADB who was one of the lead facilitators said, ‘it is critical to develop a regulatory system that supervisors can adequately manage and enforce’. In addition, he emphasized that irrespective of the regulatory approach, supervisors should focus on solvency of formal insurance providers.
Jeff Liew, Regional Financial Capacity Advisor for Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme during the closing ceremony, emphasized the need for collaboration across donors for developing an enabling regulatory environment that would empower the formal insurance providers to expand access to insurance products to the large percentage of uninsured population.
The participants benefitted from practical case studies on supervision processes, on-site supervision and microinsurance and learnt how to use a manual for carrying out on-site inspection. In addition, participants had an opportunity to interact with community facilitators and clients of a microinsurance pilot project run in partnership between the Life Insurance Corporation of India and the TISI Sangam community at Solovi in Nadi.