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Egypt: Insurance pools proposed for oil and aviation risks

Source: Middle East Insurance Review | Oct 2019

Insurance pools should be established for the oil and aviation sectors to be contributed by all non-life companies so that no one player monopolises these two classes of business, especially as the degree of risk is high and losses are huge, suggested a senior executive of Delta Insurance.
He explained that the oil and aviation sectors are monopolies of Misr Insurance Company because of its longstanding presence in the market and high financial solvency.
He added that the oil sector is divided into two parts: the first are foreign oil companies which insure overseas risks and the second are Egyptian companies, particularly small companies that are newly established which need insurance support.
Mr Ahmed Abd El Wahab Arfeen, managing director of Egyptian Takaful Insurance, said the establishment of risk pools depends on three main goals: to distribute high risks among individual insurers; to increase the retention of premiums in the Egyptian market; and to increase insurance awareness.
Experts added that the integration of insurers with low absorptive capacity into a unified group will contribute to the establishment of a high-solvency entity to cover risks, reported Al Masdar.
Mr Hammam Badr, managing director of Iskan Insurance, said insurance pools allow the sharing of expertise to cover specific risks that are difficult for insurers to provide individually. He added that the launch of such pools depends on risks that are essential as a social service, but are turned down by insurers, with the external reinsurance market not supporting local insurers to cover these risks.
In recent years, the Egyptian market has seen the formation of a number of risk pools, with the newest being the compulsory motor insurance pool. Older pools include one covering trains and subway accidents.
Mr Alaa El-Zoheiry, chairman of the Insurance Federation of Egypt, has previously revealed that the association would soon announce the first insurance pool covering natural disasters. In addition, the Financial Regulatory Authority is considering launching an agricultural insurance pool. M 
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