Meeting to focus on impact of natural calamities on insurance industry

Business Sunday 25/September/2022 17:32 PM
By: Times News Service
Meeting to focus on impact of natural calamities on insurance industry

Muscat: The Middle East and North Africa Regional Seminar on the Supervision of Climate Risk Insurance Protection Gap, organised by the Capital Market Authority (CMA) of the Sultanate of Oman and the Supervisory Authority of Insurance and Social Welfare of the Kingdom of Morocco will be held on Tuesday.

The event will be held within the implementation of the memorandum of understanding between the two regulators of the insurance sectors in the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Morocco signed in the first quarter of this year.

The two-day seminar will be conducted in collaboration with the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii) and Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF).

The seminar targets insurance supervisors in the MENA region and insurance industry specialists and professionals and will discuss issues related to the management of natural calamities to explore a road map prepared by the IAIS on climate risk and the opinions of the regulators on the challenges facing insurance markets in the region as well as the issues facing the insurance regulators in the region in addition to the activities of A2ii and SIF on closing the climate risk insurance protection gap.

The seminar will contribute to increasing awareness of the importance of setting up hedging programmes and policies and enhancing the insurance industry’s ability to face the challenges caused by climate change.

It is worth noting that the Sultanate of Oman witnessed in recent years a number of exceptional climate conditions that can be described as natural calamities caused by climate change the most recent was Cyclone Shaheen. Climate change is one of the most important issues in our era with consequences on weather patterns, food production, sea level rise and catastrophic floods.