Aidan Pope, Managing Director
In response to the continued need for post-event budget allocation, the Mexican federal government established the Fund for Natural Disasters (FONDEN) in 1996 (1). It is a financial vehicle by which the federal government provides pre-event funding from tax revenues for post-disaster response and reconstruction - it has been critical in providing the government with access to international risk transfer schemes.
FONDEN has in place an indemnity insurance program covering 100 percent of the federal government’s assets and up to 50 percent of provincial assets. The Mexican government’s long-term relationship with the international reinsurance market has been crucial in developing the structure of the insurance program. In addition, the federal government is requiring a risk management strategy for provincial governments that promotes accurate risk valuation and transfer decisions for provincial catastrophe risks.
FONDEN has also been active in the capital markets with the placement of catastrophe bonds for hurricane and earthquake risk. Losses from 2016’s Tropical Storm Patricia led to a catastrophe bond payment of USD 50 million to the Mexican government.
Blue Marble Microinsurance, an insurance industry consortium and venture incubator, demonstrates industry initiative to bring insurance solutions to emerging countries. The consortium consists of American International Group, Inc., Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd., Old Mutual plc, Transatlantic Reinsurance Company, XL Catlin and Zurich Insurance Group.
It is committed to launching ten microinsurance ventures over the next 10 years to deliver solutions that address the risk management needs of the underserved. Through collaboration and innovative technology-enabled platforms, Blue Marble seeks to improve sustainability by expanding the role of insurance in society. These ventures will consider unique distribution methods, local partnerships, product development and impact services.
Blue Marble is currently working to close the protection gap in the risk that climate change poses to smallholder farmers in Latin America with the intention to launch pilots in 2017. Blue Marble understands the value of public sector-private sector partnerships in achieving its mission; it is coordinating its initiatives to bolster agricultural production and the management of associated risks with local government officials, including Ministers of Agriculture.
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