iPMI market report author, Ian Youngman highlights some countries that IPMI insurers my want to look into.
- IPMI insurers and brokers need to keep up to date with global economic moves.
- The focus of the world and which countries are important is changing fast.
- India has overtaken China on population growth while the UK, USA and Western Europe are increasingly isolationist.
- Much of our media is UK/USA/European focused so you may have missed a huge new announcement.
- BRICS considered 23 new nations from 40 applicants to join the 6.
- It has invited 6 who are all expected to join.
- The six are: Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
- BRICS nations are Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa.
- The admittance of top energy exporters Iran and Saudi Arabia alongside top energy consumers China and India could foster more resilient trade relationships.
- There is a vast interest in BRICS among countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, with Washington more focused on their own problems than international links,
- Within Europe the massive growth of the Polish economy sees Europe axis moving from a troubled Germany to Poland as the nation that Eastern European countries look to.
- China’s economic growth is stagnating while war stymies Russia.
- So BRICS looks to expand to revive economic growth.
- Saudi Arabia and the UAE may not be a surprise as their economic growth is known - but they are moving from being USA allies to partnering with China.
- Iran is controversial to the USA and EU but not if you understand the global economy.
- The IPMI market in the UAE has peaked with too many insurers and brokers.
- It is compulsory for all private sector organisations to provide health insurance to their employees as well as their dependants - this includes spouse, unmarried daughters and male children below 25 years of age.
- The state’s Council of Cooperative Health Insurance controls the compulsory health insurance system.
- Health insurance is a visa requirement.
- IPMI is on offer from many global and national insurers but there is still potential for growth.
- The universal health insurance programme will be rolled out across the country gradually till 2032.
- The new state health insurance is optional for foreigners who are earning their income or living in Egypt.
- But the law has a twist—as it is subject to reciprocity by other countries; unfortunately it does not explain further so nobody knows how this is going to work.
- IPMI is on offer from some global and national insurers but some major names are missing and there is much potential for growth.
- The economy of Argentina is Latin America's third largest and the second largest in South America behind Brazil.
- IPMI is on offer from a few global and national insurers but many major names are missing.
- The potential for PMI and IPMI is largely untapped.
- There is no compulsory health insurance.
- Very few people in the 125 million population have health insurance.
- It has the second biggest population in Africa.
- Ethiopia's economy is based on agriculture, coffee and services.
- Ethiopia is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.
- It is a desirable location among investors seeking for emerging markets.
- The influx of foreign investment is increasing by 30% annually.
- The government does not permit foreign direct investment in the insurance industry- but insurers hope this will change by 2024.
- IPMI is allowed but there are no insurers with a presence.
- Several local and global insurers are hoping to set up there but most still think Ethiopia is a poor country.
Sanctions mean European and USA companies cannot operate here.
The economy has massive potential that scares the West.
- Effectively no US or European insurer or broker is going to risk doing business in Iran or even insuring Iranian nationals or businesses.
- The downside risk is too high.
- The largely untapped potential of the Iranian insurance sector attracted several major USA and European insurers to the market after the previous lifting of sanctions and would do so again.
- The Health Insurance Organization of Iran says that 120,000 foreigners are covered by Health insurance Organization via a contract with the UNHCR.
- With a population of 89 million there is massive potential for IPMI and PMI.
- There are no global brokers or insurers present but insurers from fellow BRICS countries could enter while Europeans and Americans sit helpless on the sidelines.
- Sanctions will end so insurers should have a contingency plan.
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