Interviews

Zhanat B. KURMANOV
Director of the Department of Insurance Supervision
The National Bank of Kazakhstan

At the beginning of the 2000's, when the insurance industry was not sufficiently capitalized and could not take its own retention large risks, about 60-70% of premiums were ceded for reinsurance abroad. In recent years, the domestic insurance market has grown, and the total premiums ceded to foreign reinsurers fell to 35-30%. Nevertheless, we cannot say that potential of the insurance market is fully involved in the reinsurance business.

Murat KAYACI
Chairman of the Board
DASK - The Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool

DASK has developed a target disaster management model for handling both heavy and minor damage cases. The methodology for assessing earthquake damage to a building is developed in collaboration with universities and it is scientifically proven with similar methods. In order to build an infrastructure that enables DASK to manage claims caused by any kind of catastrophic events including severe earthquake, cooperation with expert business partners was engaged.

Samir OMERHODZIC
Director
Insurance Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina

It is expected that the adoption of the Law on pension and disability insurance in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina which is now in parliamentary procedure and the announced changes to the health insurance system shall lead to the positive changes in the insurance market, to the development of new products and higher share of voluntary insurance premium in the total portfolio.

The Guarantee Fund in Kazakhstan - the mainstay element of insurance industry

The insurance industry in Kazakhstan is one of the key elements of the national financial system. The existence of such compulsory insurance as MTPL and compulsory insurance of third party liability for tour operators and tour agents imposes on insurance industry a greater social responsibility toward society.Due to this fact the insurance market needs more stability, reliability and transparency in order to further the development.

Ekaterina TROFIMOVA
CEO
Analytical Credit Rating Agency

ACRA's methodology fundamentally differs from the ones used by international peers due to the very fact that it is based on the national scale. This is what distinguishes our approach as a more detailed one allowing for fine tuning, with the local market peculiarities being accounted for. The approaches used by international agencies are intended to rate local companies on the international scale and then map international credit ratings to national scale equivalents.

Roland B. WOERNER
Global Head of Anti-Fraud
Zurich Insurance Company

Establishing a robust anti-fraud culture and awareness in the company may prove crucial to improving financial indicators, will argue Roland WORNER, Global Head of Anti-Fraud , Zurich Insurance Company speaking at the Insurance Fraud Forum, to be held in Munich, Germany, on October 20-21. He shared some of his opinions on the topic in the following interview.

Nicola RAUTMANN
Market Executive Austria & CEE
Swiss Re

Christian ENGELN
Head of Client Management
Russia & CIS
Swiss Re

No question, this is the hardest time for most of the Russian insurers since they exist. The growth model does not work anymore in an environment, where everybody - business, private consumers, state - cut back insurance expenditure. On the other hand, shareholders run out of patience to support low margin insurance assets, and the regulator urges for more transparency and improvement of the capital base. However, we believe that this is also the time when insurers usually adapt and streamline processes, decrease costs, but at the same time embrace new technologies and develop new products. Our job at Swiss Re is it to exchange with our partners on new ideas, make them see what is working in Australia, France, the U.S., start-ups successful in Japan and Germany.

Mehmet Akif EROGLU
Secretary General
TSB - Insurance Association of Turkey

As the overall insurance penetration is not yet at the desired level, the motor lines are still the market drivers in Turkey. "As a country, as an industry, we have to increase the insurance penetration rate. The motor line has already grown, so our focus now is on other lines of business. Health is one of them. We believe in complementary health products because right now just 2 million people benefit from private health policies and we are 80 million in total."

Guy HUDSON
Partner
JLT Re

Estimates suggest the cyber market alone could triple in size over the next five years. Fresh thinking also needs to be applied to difficult questions surrounding new technologies such as driverless cars, cloud computing, 3D printing, the internet of things, nanotechnology, "sharing economies", drone proliferation and a host of other issues which will require risk-transfer mechanisms.

Boris UMANOV
President of the Managing Board
EURASIA Insurance Company

There are lots of rating agencies in the world; there are good agencies in Japan, in Europe and in other countries. But four rating agencies - Standard & Poor's, Fitch Rating's, Moody's and AM Best - are familiar to everybody. To us, a rating from such an agency is a "pass" into the world of international insurance and reinsurance, which allows us to work in all countries from Kazakhstan. These agencies employ highly skilled professionals who understand the situation both in the world economy and in the economy of Kazakhstan.