Posts Tagged ‘Latin America’



April 3rd, 2017

Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Part V: Microinsurance Helping Close Insurance Gap

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Not to be outdone, the private sector has demonstrated its commitment to bringing insurance solutions to emerging economies through the industry consortium and venture incubator Blue Marble Microinsurance. Blue Marble’s founding consortium has committed to launching ten microinsurance ventures in the next ten years to deliver risk management solutions to the underserved. Through collaboration with strategic partners, including government and quasi-government entities 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.

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March 30th, 2017

Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Part IV

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Mexico’s risk management strategy has earned a strong reputation in the international community. The World Bank said it is “at the vanguard of initiatives aimed at the development of an integrated disaster risk management framework, including the effective use of risk financing and insurance mechanisms to manage the fiscal risk derived from disasters,” highlighting it as an example for other governments to follow (1).

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March 29th, 2017

Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Part III: A Lesson in Resilience from Mexico

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The Mexican federal government’s risk management strategy exemplifies a modern, resilient disaster preparedness plan, including pre- and post-event approaches and public-private partnerships. Following the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, the Mexican National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) was created, establishing a multi-level system to integrate stakeholders from the three levels of government, the private and social sectors, academia and scientific organizations. Its purpose was to provide an institutional framework for the improved coordination of emergency response. Its capacities in the areas of risk assessment, early warning, preparedness and disaster risk financing were developed. As SINAPROC evolved, it added risk reduction practices to shift from a reactive to a preventative, holistic and integrated risk management plan.

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March 28th, 2017

Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Part II

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Many recent catastrophe events in the Latin America/Caribbean region provide examples of the protection gap: Only 5 percent of the USD 8 billion economic loss from Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was insured; and the insured portion of the USD 2 to 3 billion economic loss caused by the April 2016 earthquake in Manta, Ecuador, is expected to reach no more than 15 percent. The 2016 earthquake has deeply impacted the local economy and government finances as unemployment increased by approximately 50 percent and the government was compelled to increase sales taxes by two percent to fund national reparation and recovery costs. In general, emerging markets face a much larger protection gap than developed economies:

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March 27th, 2017

Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Part I

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Globally, three of the ten most costly natural disaster events in the last 35 years occurred in total or in part in the Latin America/Caribbean (LAC) region (1); losses from Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean are still being assessed.

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January 19th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Latin America: Part II

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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.

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January 18th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Latin America: Part I

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Globally, three of the ten most costly natural disaster events in the last 35 years occurred in total or in part in the Latin America/Caribbean region (1). As the region’s population, urbanization and gross domestic product concentration continues to grow, the effects of climate volatility are likely to further increase the impact of natural perils losses on economies that are already struggling. We are just now assessing the losses from Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean. The ultimate costs of these catastrophe event responses causes a strain on public balance sheets and an increase in public debt, ultimately burdening taxpayers.

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December 12th, 2016

Guy Carpenter Appoints James Nash President of New International Division

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Guy Carpenter today announced the appointment of James Nash to the newly-created role of President, International, subject to regulatory approval. Mr. Nash, who currently runs Guy Carpenter’s Asia Pacific operations, will continue reporting to Peter Hearn, President and CEO of Guy Carpenter, and will relocate to London.

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October 11th, 2016

GC Capital Ideas Top CAT-i Stories for the Third Quarter, 2016

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Here we review the top five CAT-i stories covering July through September of 2016.

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August 8th, 2016

Hurricane Earl

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hurricane-earl-8-8-16-smHurricane Earl made landfall in Belize last Thursday, with final landfall as a tropical storm in Southeast Mexico over the weekend. Impacts have been rendered in Belize as a result of strong wind gusts, an impactful storm surge and heavy rainfall. Some damage to property and infrastructure has been reported, although the full scope and severity remain unclear. Significant rainfall has also affected areas of Southeast Mexico, with reports of destructive flooding, landslides and property damage. At least 42 have been reported dead in Southeast Mexico and another 2,000 have been displaced, according to media reports. The full extent of impacts from this event remains unclear as recovery and assessment efforts are still underway. Our first thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected by this event.

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