Jamaica will host the International Conference on Inclusive Insurance (ICII) October 24 to 28 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. The hybrid conference is being hosted by the Insurance Association of Jamaica in partnership with the Munich Re Foundation and the Microinsurance Network. It is expected to attract over 400 international delegates from over 50 countries.
President of the Insurance Association of Jamaica, (IAJ) Sharon Donaldson says it is the first time in 20 years that the conference is being held in the Caribbean and Jamaica is extremely proud to be the host.
The conference will provide a platform for stakeholders to present and discuss issues, policies, and state-of-the-art solutions for efficient, sustainable, and inclusive insurance products; and promote the development and proliferation of good-value insurance for emerging economies. It also aims to enhance awareness of the demand for insurance in the low-income segment and its potential.
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According to Donaldson many countries have large informal sectors which face a range of challenges, including the death of a breadwinner, precarious traditional livelihoods, compromised food security and damage to homes and infrastructure due to the climate crisis. Also citing the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected children’s education and caused many small businesses to close their doors, she said “many low-income groups are often unaware of steps they can take to protect themselves financially. The insurance industry has a critical role to play to provide innovative insurance and financial products and education geared to these groups” she said.
Dirk Reinhard, vice chair, Munich Re Foundation and chairman of the Steering Committee of the ICII 2022 said risk management including insurance plays a key role to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Recent floods, droughts and wildfires have shown that climate change threatens the livelihood of billions of people that do not have access to affordable safety nets. Small island states are particularly vulnerable which is why we are very honored that IAJ is hosting this year’s International Conference on Inclusive Insurance in Jamaica and for the first time in the Caribbean. How to reach scale in small countries will be among the key topics that will be discussed at this conference,” Reinhard stated.
Apart from insurance industry representatives, businesspersons, development partners, multilateral agencies, technology companies, academia, other policy experts, and media are also encouraged to attend by registering at https://icii2022jamaica.zupevents.com
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