Zimbabwe to formalize microinsurance firms

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ZIMBABWE is working on a framework to regulate and formalise operations of micro­insurance firms targeting low income earners, the Insurance and Pensions Commission said. Micro­insurance has been identified as a critical instrument for delivering effective and efficient insurance services and products as well as promoting financial inclusion.

The proposed guidelines are meant to provide a more structured method to deal with the licensing, formalisation and regulation of micro­insurance activities, the commission said. The need to develop the framework has been motivated by the current regulatory framework, which does not provide guidelines for the licensing and regulation of micro­insurance products and entities. The regulatory gap has presented a challenge to the commission on how to deal with the existence of unregistered providers.

It cited funeral service providers and legal aid businesses providing insurance products as well as other entities that are seeking registration to conduct insurance business, targeting the poor. According to a Finscope Survey of 2014, 70 percent of adults do not have insurance. While 30 percent of the population have insurance, 77 percent is in respect of funeral cover.

Source: The Herald (link opens in a new window)

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