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«سيب للتأمين» تتهيأ للتقدم بطلب للإدراج في البورصة

كشف إلياس شديد رئيس العمليات ونائب الرئيس التنفيذي لشركة سيب للتأمين وإعادة التأمين، عن تطوير الإجراءات التنظيمية والهيكلية للشركة بهدف التقدم بطلب للإدراج في بورصة قطر. وقال إلياس شديد، في تصريحات صحفية، إن الشركة تقوم حالياً بدراسة موضوع الإدراج وأن العمل جار على هذا المشروع، مؤكداً رغبة الشركة في التحول إلى شركة مساهمة عامة والمشاركة بثاني أكبر أسواق المال بمنطقة دول مجلس التعاون.

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أكد السيد فريد شديد الرئيس التنفيذي والعضو التنفيذي لــ"سيب" أن الشركة العاملة في قطاع التأمين تحت مظلة قطر للمال تدرس كل الاحتمالات المستقبلية حتى الإدراج في بورصة قطر، مشيراً إلى أن الشركة حققت كل الأهداف المخطط لها منذ إنشائها.

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INSURANCE: STIMULATING ECONOMIC GROWTH IN QATAR

Elias R. Chedid, COO at SEIB Insurance & Reinsurance Company LLC elaborates on
the role of insurance in helping promote the rising economy of the State of
Qatar.

There is no denial that a country’s economy is influenced by
many interrelated and interconnected sphere of activities. A robust economy is
one with a strong bonding between its active agents and one which embeds a
strong core. A strong core assists in the sustainability of a strong economic
sphere. In Qatar, we are operating through a vision set by His Royal Highness
in order to sustain a strong core and its active agents. Insurance is, by all
means, an active and important agent in this sustainability process that
ultimately aims at the overall wellbeing of the nation. Successful economic
policies rely on a process of cooperation between the various agents to improve
each other’s results regardless of the factors that are external to that agent.
This can only happen by maximizing the ability to perform at every level, with
the right speed and with proper support from the governing authorities.

To expand on the role of insurance in an economy, I would like
to refer back to the statement made by H.R.H. Prince Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani
in 2008, where he assigned the Qatar National Vision 2030 to “the government,
private sector, civil society and to all Qatari citizens”. Further, H.R.H. set
the platform upon which the economic sphere should be molded within the nation
as a whole. He assigned its frame of belonging and the calling was for all.
H.R.H. specifically said, “I call on all to work hard and utilize your
expertise to help achieve the goals of the vision and advance our nation’s
development”.

The insurance sector has a major role in transforming this
vision and in assisting in its implementation. Insurance is an active and vital
agent in the coherence of the economic sphere, filling the risk gaps and
ensuring continuity for businesses on a rainy day across all market sectors.
This proposition has been supported by many empirical studies. Not only that,
but insurance companies are also big investors in companies, stocks and bonds,
which help facilitate financial markets. The insurance sector in its entire
active elements of the risk business –risk advice, risk control and risk taking
– provides a form of an extended capital to other agents within the economy,
thus protecting the business cycle. Therefore, for a business cycle to be
continuous and operate in an uninterrupted manner, it needs the expertise of
the insurance sector – be it regulatory, mediation or risk bearing. Purchasing
insurance makes a business aware of the risks that it takes in its everyday
operations. Therefore, it is more likely to have strong worker safety programs
and is motivated to prevent losses. This side benefit of insurance protects
workers from businesses who try to squeeze more profit out of employees or
tolerate unsafe actions in order to increase revenues. Success is the end
result of proper implementation and cooperation between the public and the
private sectors. This can be executed by formal Public Private Partnership
(PPP) programs or by simply setting regulations that the private sector needs
in order to thrive. Such regulations are enacted upon through execution mechanisms,
which fall within the National Vision framework, help respect the pillars of
foundation and assist in achieving the desired goals. A good example of
regulation can be cited in the motor insurance sector in Qatar. The requirement
for motor insurance is very simple, yet its impact is wide and effective. It
involves the government, the private sector, the civil society and the Qatari
citizens. The role of the private sector is highly crucial in this aspect because
regulation leaves major room for a basic principle of service delivery –
competitiveness. While regulation sets minimum risk protection standards to be
applied, it also provides scope for a wide risk to be assessed, priced
appropriately and serviced by private insurance companies. Had we assumed to
eliminate the role of private insurers altogether, it would have led to deteriorating
service standards and increased costs to the consumer. Not only that, but it
would have caused a ‘domino effect’ or negatively impacted other agents within
the economic sphere. Improving effectiveness of implementing motor insurance
regulation is a factor of time that involves all stakeholders and decision
makers under the umbrella policy law. This is achieved by conducting regular
meetings, where representatives of all insurance providers meet with concerned
governmental department representatives aiming at improving standards. Motor
insurance for instance, can be considered as a precedent to other insurance
lines. Competitiveness and the involvement of direct stakeholders are keys for
a successful sector in the economic sphere. Not only that, but maintaining active
involvement of each of the regulatory authorities, insurance companies and the
insurance market as a whole in each and every line of the insurance business is
imperative in achieving the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. In particular,
when services (such as motor and health insurance) promised are society-wide
and affect individuals as well as businesses, it is expected that the insurance
sector will face many challenges along the way.

“Improving effectiveness of implementing motor
insurance regulation is a factor of time that involves all stakeholders and
decision makers under the umbrella policy law.”

Crossing the threshold of these expected teething challenges
started uniting the financial sector’s regulatory authority under the Qatar
Central Bank (QCB). Enforcing effectiveness of market activity under a single insurance
regulator usually necessitates the support of several other governmental institutions
and departments. This is needed in order to avoid duplication of rules and instructions
that may distort an efficient ‘modus operandi’ of a transformation plan within
the thriving insurance sector. Many insurance companies in Qatar are managed by
astute and perceptive individuals. Their collective experience and knowhow is a
major asset to the growing sector. This works in favor of Qatar’s National
Vision 2030 that can be optimized when implementing nation-wide mandatory
insurance schemes, such as health insurance, where the culture of competitiveness
can result in improving the climate of entrepreneurship and bring about
creativity and innovation in product and service delivery. Risks can arise
naturally or can be created. But insurance policies can only be underwritten
and thus designed to suit every need. In a growing economy like that of Qatar’s,
exposure to risks grows as well. Thus, private insurance becomes all the more
important in strengthening the economic core and in assisting in bonding the
economic agents. Hence the need of the hour is in investing in concocting
solutions whereby competition drives away any existing monopolistic traps,
particularly in service intensive products. At the same time, it also sets the
tone to strengthen measures against catastrophic risk exposures and subsequent
disasters that may erode the economic sphere and thus impede growth. For
example, insurance policies allow businesses to replace their buildings and
inventories in the event of a major catastrophe such as an earthquake or a
hurricane.

At SEIB, we take Qatar National Vision 2030 extremely seriously
at all levels of the organization and align our resources accordingly. We have
ensured to make our technical and market capacity available to commercial as
well as public and individual risks within the rules and regulations of the
Qatar Financial Centre (QFC). We focus on promoting individual talent within
the organization and in the civil society. To promote talent and increase the
profile of insurance in the State of Qatar, we have organized training and
development programs for Qatari youth in association with prominent
institutions in Qatar. We aim at achieving growth by fostering creativity and
innovation in insurable risk protection solutions, which are delivered by
highly skilled specialists operating with intellectual integrity.

“In a growing economy like that of Qatar’s,
exposure to risks grows as well. Thus, private insurance becomes all the more
important in strengthening the economic core and in assisting in bonding the economic
agents.”

Elias R. Chedid, COO at SEIB Insurance & Reinsurance Company
LLC