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Nigeria’s insurance industry has witnessed positive changes in recent times, arising from the new reforms embarked upon by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), the primary regulator of the Nigerian Insurance Industry. The country’s insurance market is the largest in the West Africa sub-region, however the penetration is currently considered very low when compared with the population of over 165 million people.
KPMG is hosting its annual long-term insurance industry update event on Thursday 6 June 2013. The update involves, taking a look at the most topical developments currently affecting the long-term insurance industry. The course is aimed at financial directors and managers, risk and compliance officers, internal auditors and audit committee members.
Africa’s insurance market remains very small when compared to those in developed countries. The market contributes approximately 2% to GDP and caters to less than 5% of the population. Insurance is a grudge purchase and is heavily influenced by income levels. Short-term insurance currently makes up 90% of the African market and life insurance a meagre 10%.
Many JSE companies are seeing Africa as the new frontier and an important source of long-term growth, especially those companies doing business in mature markets. The International Monetary Fund forecast the region to grow at 5.5% both this year and next. By comparison, South Africa’s economic growth rate is forecast at just 2.7%.
Many international and local companies have introduced products responding to changing consumer needs and consumer preferences shifting to more sustainable behaviour – these include products targeting new and growing industry sectors, products with a ‘green’ element and products responding to new and increasing risks.
The insurance industry relies on the ability to make informed predictions of future events as the basis for taking actions in the present. increased severity and/ or frequency of weather events, if not adequately accounted for, will mean that claims exceed levels predicted by actuarial models, and premiums will not be set correctly. Figure 2 illustrates the trends in the number of disasters reported internationally per year.
Deepening social, economic and environmental challenges over the last two decades mean that sustainability issues are increasingly prominent in global business. sustainability trends predicted to play out over the next 20 years paint a picture of resource constraints, increasing regulation, shifting competitive landscapes, changes in market size and shifting consumer preferences.