Global Reinsurance is broadcasting exclusively to Rendez-Vous de Septembre delegates for four days over the meeting. Here, editor Sarah Goddard explains what Global Reinsurance TV is all about.

Once a year, the international reinsurance community gathers to mull over life in the risk business. Around the hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars of Monte Carlo, brokers, underwriters, service providers and, of course, the media, meet to talk markets, business and renewals.

First held in 1957, the Rendez-Vous de Septembre is undoubtedly the largest event of its kind in the reinsurance calendar. About 2,500 delegates from 80 countries gather in the Principality of Monaco, and alongside the meetings scheduled themselves, they mingle at cocktail parties and dinners. In addition, the Organising Committee, headed by Jean-Philippe Thierry, chairman of Assurances Generales de France, arranges other events. This year sees the annual regatta on Sunday, 8 September, as well as the official cocktail party the following evening.

The Hotel Hermitage is the venue for a seminar on life and personal accident insurance and reinsurance on the afternoon of Monday, 9 September, the day when, traditionally, the rounds of delegates' private meetings truly get started.

On the morning of Tuesday, 10 September, what promises to be a lively debate will take place at the Sporting d'Hiver. Pat Ryan, chairman and CEO of Aon Corp, Walter Kielholz, managing director and CEO of Swiss Re, and Marc Gentilini, president of the Croix Rouge Française, will debate the topic, `New risks, what capacities?' under the chairmanship of Jose Ruiz, managing director of Nacional de Seguros SA. `United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, US: the evolution and trends of the non-life markets' is the theme of a round-table under the authority of the Non-Life Insurance Plenary Commission, FFSA. Wrapped around these official events is a wealth of presentations by accountancy firms, rating agencies, technology companies and other service providers, as well as access to the internet café at the Sporting d'Hiver.

Too much to do
The problem is keeping up with them all. With limited time and a full diary of meetings, many Rendez-Vous delegates have little opportunity to take full advantage of the gathering. We at Global Reinsurance felt similar frustrations - so much to do, but so little time in which to do it all. At the same time, the round of meetings produces much interesting information, with a plethora of views about the industry's direction over the forthcoming renewals season, the corporate strategy of industry players, and personal opinions from market practitioners, none of which we can disseminate until the next issue. So we decided to tackle the problem: Global Reinsurance TV was born.

Over four days, Global Reinsurance TV will be broadcast into delegates' bedrooms across Monte Carlo. We have teamed up with all the major hotels to have a dedicated TV channel in each one, so for each of the four main days of the event, delegates can see interviews with their colleagues - and competitors, hear market leaders' views on the shape of the industry, and catch up with the latest word on the street in Monte Carlo.

Each day from Sunday to Tuesday, a different one-hour broadcast will be shown repeatedly throughout the day, so delegates can catch that day's Global Reinsurance TV programme, no matter what time they are in their rooms. As well as a series of interviews recorded before the event, Global Reinsurance is interviewing Rendez-Vous attendees at its studio in Monte Carlo, and taking views from the `delegate on the street' with a roving camera crew.

All in all, Global Reinsurance TV promises to be the most thorough coverage of the Rendez-Vous ever undertaken. After the gathering, certain interviews will be streamed through the Global Reinsurance website, www.globalreinsurance.com , and videos of the whole event or highlights will be available.

Personally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank XL Re, the sponsor of Global Reinsurance TV at the Rendez-Vous. Their support and enthusiasm has been invaluable in bringing such a large project together. I would also like to thank Cameron Shaw and his team. As director, Cameron has teamed professionalism with a great energy and dedication to Global Reinsurance TV. And finally, I would like to thank all the people who have shared their thoughts and views on the industry with us already, in the pre-recorded sections of the programmes, and those who are yet to be filmed in Monte Carlo. I am sure you will find their opinions as diverse and fascinating as the industry itself, and if you are attending this year's Rendez-Vous, I hope Global Reinsurance TV increases your enjoyment of the event.

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