Insurance supervisors gather for the first Mobile Insurance Conference

February 23, 2017
Source: a2ii
Insurance supervisors gather for the first Mobile Insurance Conference

The first Mobile Insurance Conference is taking place on 23-24 February 2017 in Douala, Cameroon. It will bring together around 150 insurance supervisors, regulators, experts, policy makers, intermediaries, businesses and key players in the insurance, banking and telecommunications sectors to discuss the regulatory challenges and opportunities of using mobile insurance to make inclusive insurance at scale a reality. 

Mobile insurance, or the provisioning of insurance products through the mobile phone ecosystem, has been rapidly expanding around the world. As of June 2015, the mobile insurance industry featured 120 live services with 31 million active policies in 33 emerging markets. 

“The theme of the conference is a very timely one. Many jurisdictions, like CIMA, the regional insurance regulatory body in central and west Africa, are considering to take steps to regulate mobile insurance. This conference will bring us a step forward to that goal”, said Issofa Nchare, General Secretary of the Inter-African Conference on Insurance Markets (CIMA). 

This conference will examine the rising trends on digital technologies and mobile insurance, the prudential and market conduct risks arising from mobile insurance, current regulatory approaches and will take a deeper look at key regulatory considerations, cooperation across different regulatory authorities and building consumer awareness.  

Yoshihiro Kawai, Secretary General of the insurance standard setter International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) highlighted the importance of the IAIS’ ongoing work on mobile insurance: “In light of the unique challenges that digital technologies pose to insurance supervisors, the IAIS has established a drafting group on digital technologies in inclusive insurance to work on an application paper which will support the work of insurance supervisors.”

“Mobile insurance is a really exciting development enabling first time access to insurance for many, however at the same time it poses new risks for consumers that warrant special attention and careful analysis. The conference provides a first-hand opportunity for insurance supervisors to learn about the risks posed by mobile insurance and be equipped with the knowledge to move forward on these issues”, closed Hannah Grant, Head of the Secretariat, at the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii), a global initiative working to promote access to responsible, inclusive, insurance. 

The conference is organised by the A2ii, the IAIS, and CIMA. It is supported by BMZ, DGIS, UK Aid, FSD Africa and Munich Re Foundation.