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Insurance industry targets 20 per cent growth this year

Update: August, 21/2019 - 09:00
The country’s insurance sector has targeted a growth rate of 20 per cent this year, according to the Việt Nam Insurance Association.  — Photo

HÀ NỘI — The country’s insurance sector has targeted a growth rate of 20 per cent this year, according to the Việt Nam Insurance Association.
Bùi Gia Anh, the association’s general secretary, said the insurance market had maintained its strong growth so far this year.
The mechanisms and policies in the insurance industry were nearly complete while businesses had secured their financial security to become more competitive and effective, Anh said.
The total assets of insurance companies in the first seven months of the year were estimated at VNĐ423.4 trillion (US$18.2 billion), representing a 19 per cent year-on-year increase.
During the period, insurance companies re-invested nearly VNĐ342.8 trillion into the economy, marking a rise of 26 per cent from the same period last year.
The sector’s total revenue in the January-July period surged by 24 per cent from the same period last year to VNĐ71.1 trillion. Insurance firms paid out VNĐ10.3 trillion to customers in the period, up 30 per cent. The number of new insurance contracts reached 1.22 million, a 27 per cent rise.
Previously, leaders of some insurance companies forecast that the sector's growth rate would be lower than in previous years. However, it has grown more quickly than expected so far this year.
The country now has 64 life insurance firms, 18 non-life insurance firms, two reinsurance businesses and 14 other insurance brokers.
According to Ngô Trung Dũng, the association’s deputy general secretary, the country now has 779,600 insurance agents. Agent quality has been an area of focus for life insurance companies, and firms have introduced policy adjustment to develop strong agent channels.
The Việt Nam Report Company earlier this month announced a list of the 10 most prestigious life insurance companies in Việt Nam 2019. The list included Bảo Việt, Prudential, AIA, Dai-ichi Life, Manulife, Chubb Life, Sun Life, Hanwa Life, Cathay Life and Mirae Asset.
The most prestigious non-life insurance companies named were Bảo Việt, PVI, Petrolimex, PTI, Bảo Minh, BIC, VietinBank, MIC, Liberty and Aviation Insurance. — VNS


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