On September 12, 2019, The Albanian Parliament approved the proposal of Ervin METE as Chairman of the Board for The Albanian Financial Supervision Authority (AFSA).
The gross written premiums of Albanian insurers increased by 5% year-on-year in the first half of 2019, reaching ALL 8 billion (EUR 66 million), official market statistics show.
The gross written premiums of Albanian insurers increased 10.8% y-o-y during January-March 2019, reaching ALL 3.93 billion or EUR 31.3 million, as the official figures provided by the Albanian FSA showed.
The Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority (AFSA) has approved sets of instructions for Bonus-Malus system implementation. The Bonus-Malus system will begin to function in Albania starting April 1, 2019.
The Albanian insurance industry totaled over ALL 16.19 billion (~EUR 136.7 million) at the end of 2018, or 4.7% more y-o-y. The number of issued insurance contracts reached 1,309,143 showing a y-o-y increase of 5.89%, according to data published by the Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority (AFSA).
The Albanian insurance market grew between 2008-2017 on all segments, both in GWP and in paid claims terms. There is only one exception to this generalized upward trend, that is, the indemnities paid chapter on the property class " fire and allied perils insurance", which dropped 18.04%.
Albanian insurers have reported GWP worth EUR 98.7 million (ALL 12.46 billion) in 3Q2018, up by 9.73% y-o-y. For the same period, paid claims have decreased by 3.12% y-o-y, to EUR 26.86 million. The local subsidiaries of the Austrian group UNIQA lead both the life and non-life insurance segments.
The about 5% appreciation of the Albanian Lek against EURO has favored the market results denominated in European currency, showing a higher growth rate than in local currency. Thus, in EUR, GWP increased overall by 9.43%, to EUR 61.2 million.
GWP written for the first five months (January to May) 2018 by Albanian insurers amounted to over ALL 6,277 million, or 3.01% more y-o-y, while the number of related insurance contracts reached to 462,260 with an increase of 7.30% y-o-y, Albanian FSA data show.
The Albanian insurance market reached over ALL 3.55 billion (EUR 27.2 million) during Q1 2018, or 2.53% more y-o-y, according to the quarterly statistics published by the local Financial Supervisory Authority.
The Albanian economy grew by 3.36 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 according to the figures from the Albanian National Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) released on Tuesday.