New business value up by 23% for AIA Malaysia

Firm’s chief executive calls for focus on younger population to help fill the protection gap

New business value up by 23% for AIA Malaysia

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

Life insurer AIA Malaysia has posted its fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth with a 23% increase in value of new business (VONB), reaching MYR815 million (US$183.7 million) for 2016.
Takaful was one of the major contributors to this increase, with new Family Takaful contributions growing by 47%, while Partnership Distribution grew by 18% and Corporate Solutions recorded 12%.

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AIA chief executive officer Anusha Thavarajah said at the insurer’s financial briefing that the company remains optimistic about the long-term growth potential of the life insurance industry.
Anusha said that for growth to continue, the industry should focus on the country’s young population, growing middle class, and large protection gap. She added that only 56% of Malaysians are covered by insurance, leaving a significant proportion of the country’s people left to be reached.
“The phased implementation of Bank Negara’s LIFE Framework will guide the industry in its efforts to increase the life insurance and Takaful penetration rate to 75% of the population by 2020,” she added.

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