Indian insurance sector’s growth outstripping its economy, says regulator

Industry’s excellent growth happened amid massive business disruption caused by technology

Indian insurance sector’s growth outstripping its economy, says regulator

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By Gabriel Olano

The chairman of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) revealed that the country’s insurance industry has posted a 17% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in premiums: higher than the entire economy’s growth rate.
“The Indian economy is also growing, but the growth rate of the insurance industry is higher,” IRDAI chairman TS Vijayan said.
“Look at the beautiful way in which the insurance industry has opened up, with 17% CAGR on premiums,” he added as he addressed the attendees of Fincon 2017.

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Vijayan highlighted that the growth was happening amid the disruptions brought to the industry by massive technological advances. He stressed that the industry needs to keep up with these market changes for sustained growth and credited the various initiatives by the government, including Digital India and Start-up India, for helping the industry reach 120 million customers in one year.
However, the challenge for insurance lies not during the initial sale, but during the renewal period.
Life Insurance Corporation of India's chairman VK Sharma said: “This year is the year of insurance. We will be ending with flying colours.”
He highlighted that insurance would turn from a “push” product into a “pull” product, facilitated by the industry’s adoption of technology.

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