Cote d'Ivoire Financial Services Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Insurance from The Report: Côte d'Ivoire 2018

The insurance sector has enjoyed a dynamic half-decade. Strong and sustained economic growth since 2012 has made the industry increasingly attractive, prompting the arrival of multiple new competitors aiming to establish a foothold in West Africa’s biggest insurance market. From its low base, insurance penetration should continue to increase, thereby encouraging overall expansion. With...

Côte d’Ivoire has seen rapid growth since a decade-long bout of civil unrest ended in 2011, registering an average GDP growth rate of 9.3% in the five years to 2016. By far the biggest economy in the UEMOA and the third largest in ECOWAS, the IMF expects GDP expansion in the West African nation to be sustained, forecasting growth of above 7% through to 2019.

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Le gouvernement ivoirien, soucieux de donner aux entrepreneurs du pays davantage d’opportunités de croissance, vient de signer un accord portant sur la création d’une ligne de crédit expressément destinée aux petites et moyennes entreprises (PME).

La Côte d’Ivoire a accueilli sa première banque digitale en mars 2018, élargissant l’accès aux services bancaires pour la population non bancarisée et soulignant la nécessité pour les banques traditionnelles de s’adapter et d’innover face à une concurrence accrue, en particulier en provenance du segment du transfert d’argent mobile.

 

How can the authorities ensure the sustainable development of the insurance sector?

 

As the Ivorian economy has powered ahead in the past half-decade, insurance premiums have kept pace, regularly posting double-digit annual gains. According to the Association of Insurance Companies of Côte d’Ivoire (Association des Sociétés d’Assurances de Côte d’ Ivoire, ASA-CI), 2016 was no different with the total value of premiums growing...

 

Regulators have faced challenges ensuring that all sector players are financially sound, as insurance markets across the Inter-African Conference of Insurance Markets (Conférence Inter-africaine des Marchés d’ Assurances, CIMA) have seen an influx of new competitors. To provide continuous high-quality services to their clients and to avoid...

 

While advanced economies generate the vast majority of insurance and reinsurance business, emerging markets are posting higher rates of growth. Complementing this underlying trend is a strong and expanding interest in catastrophic risk, which by nature tends to pertain to emerging markets. This is coming alongside fast-paced, sector-...