Mena insurers exude confidence as premium seen overgrowing the region’s economy

Insurers in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) exuded confidence as they expect that the premium growth will exceed that of the region’s gross domestic product. The region’s low insurance penetration, favourable demographics and relatively moderate natural catastrophe exposure are considered to contribute to the sector's growth. However, high levels of competition, regulatory deficiencies, market fragmentation and political risks are relevant perceived weaknesses of the Mena insurance marketplace. The majority of Islamic insurers say that the potential of Islamic insurance has been overestimated.

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