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DWIC 2023: Caught out by the hard market

A DWIC roundtable on underwriting discussed the impact of hardening reinsurance rates and new technology


DWIC 2023: Health insurance space fit and well

By Trevor Treharne

COVID-driven awareness, population shifts and technological enhancements keeping health insurance market optimistic

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DWIC 2023: Spotlight on skills and talent

By Helen Yates

On the back of the DIFC’s Talent Week, a panel of experts discussed the skills gap and how to close it

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DWIC 2023: Middle East facing unique catastrophe challenge

Gas and oil activity linked to increased earthquake risk across the region

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DWIC 2023: Takaful must rebrand itself as the ethical choice for all

By Helen Yates

Collaboration between takaful providers is essential if the niche industry is to achieve its potential


DWIC 2023: Insurers are 'on the frontline' in the climate crisis

By Helen Yates

The insurance industry must “drive the pathway to net zero”, explained Dame Susan Rice in a fireside chat


DIFC’s Alya Al Zarouni opens Dubai World Insurance Congress 2023

This year’s Congress is the largest event of its kind in the region, welcoming over 1,100 insurance leaders to the UAE


‘Be part of climate conversation,’ DWIC 2023 delegates urged

With COP28 heading to the city in November, this year’s DWIC opened with a rallying cry for the industry to focus on the climate


DWIC 2023: Plenty of cause for industry optimism

By Trevor Treharne

Despite choppy environmental, economic and geopolitical conditions, there are green shoots of opportunities for the industry


DWIC 2023: Time for emerging markets to shine

By Helen Yates

A dearth of cheap and plentiful reinsurance capacity could force emerging insurance markets to mature more rapidly

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GCC markets retain stable outlook amid challenging headwinds

The rising cost of reinsurance, competitive pressures and growing impact of nat cat losses remain a challenge – AM Best


GCC insurers benefit from strong premium growth

S&P expects a modest uptick in earnings if insurers continue to reprice underperforming business

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Chedid Re names Elie Abi Rached global CEO

Joe Asmar has been named deputy CEO, whilst retaining his role as group head of facultative reinsurance


Gulf Business News: DIFC, Global Ethical Finance Initiative join hands to support COP28 agenda

DIFC and GEFI aim to drive change across the world’s financial industry relating to delivering net zero, unlocking Islamic finance, financing nature and biodiversity, and financing sustainable development goals


DWIC2022: ​ESG: Rising to the challenge - Middle East potential

Insurers and brokers who undercut the environmental, social, and corporate governance standards (ESG) will face ‘catastrophic’ consequences, a roundtable on the topic heard.


DWIC 2022: View from the top

The insurance industry is failing to react quickly enough to the fast-evolving digital world around it.


DWIC 2022: Pandemic accelerates insurtech growth

By Helen Yates

The insurtech sector in the MENA region has enjoyed substantial growth over the past two years, in part driven by the global pandemic.


DWIC 2022: Why prevention is better than cure

By Saxon East

It is time to take full advantage of the workplace transformation in health and wellbeing


DWIC 2022: Is AI the next ‘silent cyber’?

By Helen Yates

Re/insurers are blissfully unaware of their growing exposure to AI-related liabilities, warned Simmons & Simmons

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DWIC 2022: SIAB offers region a “brilliant vehicle”

Oman Insurance gained approval to launch Syndicate 2880 last year on the Lloyd’s DIFC platform

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DWIC 2022: Why takaful needs an overhaul

By Helen Yates

Inherent issues with the Takaful model continue to hinder the market’s development in the GCC

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DWIC 2022: Cyber re/insurers limit exposure to ransomware

By Helen Yates

Ransomware continues to shape the cyber risk landscape, explained DWIC roundtable panellists


Gallagher launches fac business in the DIFC

Gallagher has taken a majority share of 51% of ACE Re Ltd (DIFC); Its team and clients will trade as Gallagher going forward

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Middle East oil giant backs Ardonagh in multibillion valuation

Middle East oil giant Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has backed Ardonagh with fresh investment, giving the firm an enterprise value of $7.5bn (£5.6bn)

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Kay International AMEA expands its operations to US to serve Latin America & Caribbean region

Kay International AMEA LLC has initiated business activities from its new office in Miami, Florida, after receiving its regulatory approval from the Florida Department of Financial Services to operate as a Reinsurance Underwriting Agency and Reinsurance Intermediary.

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Aon launches Saudi reinsurance arm

Aon has established a new reinsurance broking division in Saudi Arabia after securing a licence from the country’s central bank.

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DIFC Insurance community expands with Gen Re establishing Middle East presence in the centre

Second insurer owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to expand its presence in the region; strengthens DIFC’s position as a centre of excellence for insurance and reinsurance locally and globally


QIC Group nine-month net profit jumps 491% to QR511m


Qatar Insurance Company (QIC), has reported a net profit of QR511m for the first nine months of this year witnessing a 491 percent rise compared to the same period in 2020.

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Leaders from World Alliance of International Financial Centers convene in Dubai for the first time at DIFC

Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority, commented: “DIFC is delighted to be hosting the World Alliance of International Financial Centers’ Annual General Meeting. It is the first time leaders from financial centers across the globe have chosen to convene in Dubai.

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Oman Insurance Company receives “in principle” approval for first Lloyd’s SIAB in the GCC

Andrew Woodward, regional head of Lloyd’s Dubai said: “We have enjoyed working closely with the OIC team to deliver this exceptional result and we are proud to have the first SIAB in this region.”

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Willis Re launches flood model for MENA region

Currently, the model covers Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with further releases for Oman, Qatar, and Egypt in the third and fourth quarters of 2021.

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UAE: Lloyd’s broker expands office

By Middle East Insurance Review

Tysers, a Lloyd’s broker, is expanding its presence in Dubai to meet the growing demand for insurance expertise in the Middle East.


Axa sells insurance operations in Gulf region

Insurer Axa has today (7 September 2021) confirmed that it has completed the sale of its 50% shareholding in Axa Gulf and its 34% shareholding in Saudi Arabia-based Axa Cooperative Insurance Company to insurance firm Gulf Insurance Group, situated in Kuwait.

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Bahrain Kuwait Insurance achieves 19.4% gross premium revenue growth

BKIC’s chief executive Dr Abdulla Sultan said: “The company’s consolidated results at the end of the first half of this year were encouraging even compared to the performance in the first half of last year. The company continues to become even more conservative in its provisioning, preparing for the evolution ...

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Saudi Re posts 89% growth in H1-21 profits

Earnings per share increased to SAR 0.33 in the first half (H1) of 2021 from SAR 0.14 in H1-20, according to a bourse disclosure on Monday.


AM Best downgrades credit ratings of Arab Reinsurance Company SAL

By AM Best

In AM Best’s view, economic, political and financial system risk in Lebanon, which was already elevated, has continued to rise following the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut on Aug. 4, 2020, and the subsequent resignation of the government.


Flooding spurs new calls for National Disaster Fund & Insurance Pool in Oman

By Oman Observer

Losses: ‘The national economy continues to bleed every time we are impacted by a natural disaster’

Global expansion

Rokstone receives cover holder licence to underwrite in Africa

Rokstone, the international speciality (re)insurance MGA, part of Aventum Group, has announced it has secured an Insurance Agent Licence from the Financial Services Commission in Mauritius (FSC) and is now fully authorised to underwrite business directly in Africa from its office in Mauritius.

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Chinese state-backed Sinosure opens regional office in Dubai

It has become the first Chinese insurer to operate in the Dubai International Financial Centre

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Alexander Forbes open for deals after insurance sale to Sanlam

The South African retirement and investment adviser is boosting its surplus capital and selling its risk and retail business operations - which had insurance premium income of R1 billion at the end of March - to Sanlam.


Best’s Market Segment Report: Hardening market and regulatory developments in the GCC drive interest in Captive Insurers

By AM Best

A wider gamut of companies is now investigating self-insurance solutions in response to hardening rates in the international commercial insurance and reinsurance markets. Additionally, companies in the region are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their risk management.

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Saudi insurance sector eyes more mergers and acquisitions

Analysts said the Saudi insurance market is set to witness consolidation with mergers and acquisitions (M&A) gaining pace during 2021.

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Africa Specialty Risks Continues Growth With Launch Of Parametric Underwriting Division

Africa Specialty Risks (“ASR”) is pleased to announce the launch of its parametric division, alongside the appointment of Dr Raveem Ismail as Head of Parametric Underwriting and Ian Bishop as Parametric Product Manager.


Trust Re Appoints Yassir Albaharna as Chief Executive Officer

With a renowned international profile and wide marketing network, Mr. Albaharna has more than 34 years of in-depth experience in the reinsurance industry.

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QIC Group net profit jumps 210% to QR205mn in Q1

Mena region’s leading insurer Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) reported robust results with a net profit of QR205mn for the first quarter of 2021 compared to a loss of QR186mn in Q1, 2020.

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Dubai’s DIFC records best performance in 2020, with fintech presence doubling

The Dubai International Financial Centre has just turned its best annual performance ever, with a 20 per cent increase in the number of licensed firms to total 2,919 companies.

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Special Report: Riding the Cycle

This special report, in partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre, includes the highlights a roundtable debate hosted virtually by Global Reinsurance in October 2020 and the results of research conducted during September 2020.


AM Best places credit ratings of GIG under review with developing implications

The under review with developing implications status reflects AM Best’s uncertainty over the group’s post-acquisition risk-adjusted capitalisation, leverage and liquidity.


Global Reinsurance Annual Edition 2020

The 2020 renewal season has been a sombre affair on many fronts, not least because it has involved virtual negotiations in this new normal


QIC Group appoints new CEO for Oman Qatar Insurance Company to drive forward strategic developments

This step comes in line with QIC Group’s consistent strategic approach that aims to focus on identifying local talent and empowering them to spearhead key developments within the QIC Group

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Q&A: New Lloyd’s Middle East CEO Andrew Woodward

By Matt Scott

Global Reinsurance spoke to Andrew Woodward to find out his ambitions for Lloyd’s in the Middle East, and how it can help the region’s insurance market thrive

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DWIC 2020: Post Event Report

Full coverage of the DWIC2020 Satellite Sessions

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DWIC 2020: How disruption is shaping the future of insurance innovation

The Dubai International Financial Centre is a hotbed for financial innovation, but what does the future hold for insurtech and the disruptors looking to shape the market?

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DWIC 2020: Using digital to engage with the customer of the future

Change is inevitable when it comes to the need for insurance to digitise, but how do you know where to start?


DWIC 2020: Reinvigorating Takaful by getting back to its roots

The first panel session of Day Two of the Dubai World Insurance Congress 2020 tackled the question: why don’t more customers choose Takaful?


DWIC 2020: Building a sustainable and affordable healthcare market for MENA

With increases in medical costs easily outstripping inflation, what can be done to manage costs, increase affordability for all and build sustainable profits?


DWIC 2020: Is MENA in the midst of a climate emergency?

From water shortages to cyclones, climate change is having a big impact on the MENA region


In Pictures: Dubai World Insurance Congress 2020

With close to 600 delegates coming from across the MENA region and beyond, networking has been high on the to-do list, supported by a varied agenda driving debate on some of the hottest topics facing the industry


DWIC 2020: Is Africa the new frontier for insurance?

With a rapidly expanding population and some of the fastest growing economies in the world, Africa could be a rich seam for insurers who make the right move


DWIC Honours: The CEO’s CEO Award

This award is voted for by CEOs. We ask them to choose their ‘first among equals’, to select the CEO whom they most admire in the region


DWIC 2020: Cyber needs a fresh approach to open up new markets

The opening panel session of DWIC 2020 was asked to answer the question of when businesses in the MENA region will start buying cyber insurance, and the answer may surprise you


DWIC 2020: Meeting the Needs of the Global Insurance Consumer in 2025

Consumer Intelligence chief executive Ian Hughes opens DWIC 2020 with a look at the consumer of the future, and what is driving change in the insurance industry over the next five years

Bahrain Grand Prix to take place despite protests

How Bahrain got overtaken in the Middle East reinsurance market

Increasingly antiquated rules and a lack of innovation have lost Bahrain its early mover advantage in Middle East re/insurance, according to a report published this week by ratings firm AM Best

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The InsureTech Revolution: a roundtable debate hosted by GR and Charles Taylor InsureTech

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Insurance technology efforts should be about customer-driven outcomes, not just technology-driven solutions. GR and Charles Taylor InsureTech hosted a roundtable debate in Dubai to discuss how insurance firms can do better.

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DWIC Report 2019: Where MENA markets meet

This year’s DWIC event featured a number of themes, including the need for product innovation, the rise of insurtech, pricing competition in health and motor markets, steps towards insurance penetration, progress for Takaful products, Dubai’s continued importance as the Middle East regional re/insurance hub, and reinsurers under continued pressure


DWIC interview: Andy Rogers, co-CEO, Amdaris

David Benyon, editor, Global Reinsurance speaks with Andy Rogers, co-CEO of Amdaris and Adrian Sutherland, CTO, Jumar about how technology is transforming (re)insurance.


Innovation in Middle East markets – a little less conversation, a little more action

Insurers in Middle East markets talk about launching new products, but not enough innovation follows, JLT Re’s Russell Walters told GR

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Takaful faces market awareness challenge: Even some people who work in it don’t know what it does

By David Benyon, Scott McGee

The Takaful and Re/Takaful sector has an image problem and general lack of awareness about what it can do, according to speakers at DWIC 2019


Seize opportunities coming to the UAE soon

Panellists on the final MENA session from day one of DWIC 2019 talked about new product opportunities the region could see soon.


Healthcare tourism could be a strained market's saving grace

The health insurance market is struggling to keep up with demand, but a new trend has emerged, says Axa Global Healthcare’s Laurent Pochat-Cottilloux


African markets waiting for a catalyst

Africa shows great growth potential, but it needs a push from insurers willing to take a chance


Insurance wrappers for government bonds - Willis Re's Vickers on market opportunities

Fiscal pressure on governments could be one of re/insurance’s biggest opportunities, Willis Re International chairman James Vickers told DWIC 19 in Dubai


Weak market leaves reinsurers under pressure

“Soft-hard” pricing after recent renewals leaves reinsurers under pressure, DWIC 2019 heard from a roundtable debate on the state of the market

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DWIC 2019: Day 2 live and free

Catch up with all the news from the Dubai World Insurance Congress 2019

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Reinsurers shifting focus from cat business – Axa XL’s Watson

Disruption to core catastrophe business is leading to a significant change in the global reinsurance market as reinsurers place greater emphasis on margin expansion in other lines of business, David Watson, chief executive international reinsurance at Axa XL told delegates at this year’s Dubai World Insurance Congress (DWIC).


Construction will bounce back - Scor

Hedi Hachicha, Scor’s chief underwriting officer for property and casualty treaty business in the Middle East and Africa (MENA) talks new risks, construction demand, and effective regulation


Signs of life in UAE energy construction market

After three years in relative hibernation, several energy construction projects loom for the UAE

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DWIC 2019: Day 1 live and free to read

Click through here to read the first day of GR’s coverage of the Dubai World Insurance Congress 2019

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Saudi, UAE health market overcrowded, dropouts expected – Fitch Ratings

Fitch says the compulsory health insurance market is overcrowded and predicts the pressures on profitability will force out weaker players

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Health warnings amid profits for UAE insurers

2018 marked a second consecutive year of bumper profits for the UAE’s insurance market, according to an AM Best report

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Demand hugely untapped – Willis Re’s Vickers

The insurance sector has a lot to do if it wants to close the protection gap in Middle East markets, according to James Vickers, chairman of Willis Re International

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Big challenges face Middle East reinsurance market – Chedid Re

Compulsory lines are the only ones growing in the Middle East, causing commoditisation of products

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Aon highlights 8 cyber risk areas

Game-changing business opportunities are created, as well as risks, as companies continue to use technology to speed up information transfer, according to re/insurance broker Aon


Middle Eastern insurers are well capitalised despite the region’s problems – report

Suppressed oil prices and government budget cuts have led to fewer insured risks, but GCC insurers are well capitalised, according to AM Best

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DWIC18 - Aon Benfield’s Andersen predicts ‘hodgepodge’ future for value chain

By Newsdesk

Coverage from day one of this year’s Dubai World Insurance Congress


DWIC18 ends on optimistic note

By Newsdesk

The two-day event, co-hosted by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), saw a global delegate contingent of nearly 600 network and gain insight


DWIC18 - Insurers must cut down AI strategies to less than 12-months to avoid implementation failure

By Newsdesk

Failures created by long-term strategies represent a point of no return, warns DataRobot’s Satadru Sengupta


DWIC18 - NASA on managing space-age risks from the coalface

By Newsdesk

The federal agency’s aerospace engineer Jeevan Perera provides a risk-focused perspective at this year’s DWIC


DWIC18 - B3i company to launch next week, Régis Delayat

By Newsdesk

Speaking at Day Two of DWIC18, Scor’s Delayat announced the change of structure

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Q&A: Scor's Régis Delayat on implementing change

By Samera Owusu Tutu

One of the industry’s biggest advocates for digital changes talks about preparing for the tech revolution

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FinTech Hive – the story so far

By Samera Owusu Tutu

With the first panel of DWIC18 day two focussing on the DIFC’s Fintech Hive, we take a look at what has been achieved

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DWIC18 - New data and processing power make way for “renaissance” in AI

By Newsdesk

A breakdown of the key talking points from the DWIC 2018 AI panel on day one


DWIC18 - New Innovation Lab will help Lloyd's deliver change', Cameron Murray

By Newsdesk

Speaking with Global Reinsurance group publisher, Lloyd’s head of Middle East & Africa outlines the launch of a new Lloyd’s innovation lab

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DWIC18 - Insurers must evolve or die, Vincent Vandendael

By Newsdesk

The Lloyd’s chief commercial officer told DWIC delegates that the ecosystem business model was the way forward

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DWIC18 goes live

By Newsdesk

Expect full event coverage over the next two days

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Q&A: Aon Benfield's Eric Andersen on a joined up approach

By Samera Owusu Tutu

Ahead of his DWIC 2018 ‘Global View’ keynote, the Aon Benfield chief executive speaks to Global Reinsurance about seizing opportunities in the market

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Buzz round: Dubai World Insurance Congress 2018 speaker Arif Amiri

By Newsdesk

The DIFC Authority chief executive officer, speaker at this year’s Dubai World Insurance Congress (DWIC) 2018 event, talks innovation and insurtech in the MENA region

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Q&A: RemitRadar's Emil Griston on the emerging customer

By Samera Owusu Tutu

Griston talks to Global Reinsurance about getting into the psychology of groups of people who avoid using insurance

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DWIC: Leave looking backwards in the past, says Matteo Carbone

By Newsdesk

Leading voice within innovation Matteo Carbone speaks to delegates at DWIC

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DWIC: Insights - Andrew Brown-Allan, marketing director Trak Global

By Newsdesk

When disruptors use their tools to provide solutions


DWIC: Humans make UrbanStat’s automation model work smoother

By Newsdesk

Tech provider says intuition still valuable in underwriting process

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DWIC: Understanding exposures crucial to tackling technology change

By Newsdesk

Projects such as Hyperloop creating new challenges for insurers, delegates told

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DWIC: Insights - Salmaan Jaffery, chief business development officer DIFC

By Newsdesk

Jaffery speaks to Global Reinsurance about innovation in the Middle East

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DWIC: DIFC chief sees risk management as key to reaching $62bn growth trajectory

By Newsdesk

DIFC Authority chief executive Arif Amiri cites a positive future for the Middle East

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DWIC: blockchain should not be heavily regulated - Peter Hacker

By Newsdesk

Speaking at the inaugural DWIC event, the cyber thought leader shared his opinion on the new technology

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DWIC: Plenty to be optimistic about in MENA region - Giles Ward

By Newsdesk

Chubb’s regional president shares report card on industry in DWIC regional keynote

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DWIC: Insurance sector is “sleepwalking” into new world – Lloyd’s Inga Beale​, DBE

By Newsdesk

Rise of new economies and technology are key factors shaping the insurance industry

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Dennis Mahoney: (re)insurance revitalised

By Samera Owusu Tutu

The RFIB chief executive speaks to Global Reinsurance about his confidence in the industry and its ability to embrace innovation in 2017 and beyond

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