While the 17th Singapore International Reinsurance Conference (SIRC) has not been able to push through this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SIRC Organising Committee will be holding the SIRC 2020 Re-Mind virtual event on November 02 to November 05, the original planned dates for the 17th SIRC.
According to the committee, over 750 delegates from 36 countries have already registered for the virtual event.
The Re-Mind event will recreate the feel of an in-person event, where registered delegates will be able to attend keynote and panel sessions hosted by contributing partners; engage in open chats or roundtables; and visit virtual meeting rooms and meeting pods of partner companies or the media partners in the media centre.
“It is envisaged that this virtual platform could form the nucleus of what future industry events may become, even when the in-person SIRC event becomes a possibility again as and when the current travel restrictions and safe distancing measures are further eased in future,” the SIRC Organising Committee said.
Heng Swee Keat, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Minister for Finance, will deliver the official keynote address and announce the launch of the Global-Asia Insurance Partnership (GAIP), a Singapore-based tripartite partnership among regulators, academia, and industry that seeks to become a new global centre of excellence in risk management.
Other prominent industry leaders lined up for the virtual conference are Denis Kessler, chairman and CEO of SCOR, who will reflect on the industry response to the pandemic in his address, and Christian Mumenthaler, group CEO of Swiss Re, who will share his views on a host of topical issues, including post-COVID risk landscape, sustainability and partnerships.
As the event’s co-host, Swiss Re will curate three panel sessions featuring senior leaders and experts from around the world in discussions on a wide range of re/insurance topics, such as “Digitalisation of insurance in a post-COVID world”; “De-risking global supply chains”; and “Managing climate risks”.
“It has been a long and taxing journey for us to get here. We are glad that we have stayed the course and remained determined,” said Marc Haushofer, chairman of the Singapore Reinsurers’ Association. “All things considered; I am really very happy with what we have achieved with this game-changing event. Out of adversity, comes opportunity. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a daunting challenge at all of us, but I believe as a community and an industry we have demonstrated inventiveness and resilience in evolving and transforming our existing business models to create more sustainable solutions for the future.”