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KARACHI: Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Dr Shamshad Akhtar, Thursday reiterated the government’s commitment to resolving structural issues.

Speaking at the roundtable conference on “Journey to an Insured Pakistan,” organised by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Dr Shamshad highlighted the importance of reducing the fiscal deficit, strengthening forex reserves and fulfilling the IMF SBA for restoring international confidence in the economy.

She also underscored the significant role played by the insurance industry in enhancing private sector growth and bolstering the capital market.

Shamshad holds virtual meeting with IMF staff team

The roundtable was a single day event, divided into two sessions, ie, one with the professionals of non-life industry and the other with the professionals of life industry. The aim of the roundtable was aimed at fostering an open and collaborative environment between stakeholders to work together for shaping the future of the insurance industry.

SECP Chairman Akif Saeed in his address of welcome highlighted the importance of the strategic plans to improve insurance penetration in Pakistan and cited international models where successful execution of long-term strategies steered the insurance sector’s growth, adaptability, and responsiveness to evolving needs and market conditions. Furthermore, while underscoring the potential of insurance in Pakistan, he also pointed to the importance of creation of a shared strategic direction to overcoming the underlying challenges.

During the roundtable, the SECP insurance team delivered a presentation on the 5-year strategic direction plan. They provided a current snapshot of the industry outlined challenges faced by the insurance sector, explained the vision and mission of the plan, and detailed the operational and strategic outcomes of the plan.

They emphasized key objectives such as policyholder protection, innovation, cooperation and transformation, and improved insurance coverage. They also shared their approach to enhancing ease of doing business, engaging with stakeholders, facilitating access to information, building capacity, providing access to capital and reinsurance, raising awareness through innovation, and modernizing legislation to align with international standards.

The participants of the event expressed appreciation for this initiative of SECP and shared valuable insights on the draft strategic direction and affirmed their commitment to actively engage in shaping the strategic direction.

Aamir Khan, Commissioner Insurance in his concluding remarks appreciated the keen interest of industry participants in both the sessions. He informed the Minister that most of the recommendations of the Insurance Sector’s Reforms Committee have been implemented by the SECP. Shamshad Akhtar was a member of the committee formed by the federal government.

Aamir Khan emphasized the importance of enhanced transparency, industry wide collaboration and having a shared vision with buy-in of all stakeholders. He further affirmed insurance industry the extension of unwavering support of the regulator and continuance of such interactions for finalization of the 5-year strategic direction with the ultimate aim of shaping a brighter insurance landscape for the country.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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zaya zaya Sep 01, 2023 07:07am
Dont talk DO it, the Restructuring, what will you do, tell us loudly in specifics. Incompetence Rules here!
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Kashif Kalim Sep 01, 2023 10:26am
Govt. should take following measure; - cut expenses like free allowances to on retirement to Chairman Senate, retired Chief Justices of all courts, Federal Secretaries; only pension should be given on retirement. - limit the car entitlement to 1300 CC local assemble from grade 20 onward. - No 4X4 car should be to any govt employee. - sale govt residence larger than 1 kanal (4500 sft).
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