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The past year has been a challenging one for Kenya’s banks. As the full-year results for 2017 began to emerge, the effects of a new cap on lending interest rates become apparent, with most banks reporting reduced margins and profitability. A tighter lending environment, however, has encouraged banks to find alternative routes to revenue. Technological innovation, in particular...

 

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-...

As Kenya’s insurers respond to increasing competition by seeking new routes to premium, technology is playing a markedly important role in the market. In 2016 the Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI) remarked upon the rising popularity of so-called insurtech solutions, noting in its annual report that digitalisation is reducing customer friction points, and insurers are...

 

With its large population, diverse economy and an insurance penetration rate of less than 3% of GDP in the first quarter of 2018, compared to a global average of more than 6%, Kenya holds significant promise as an insurance arena. Recent years have seen the government and the industry regulator attempt to realise this potential: key measures...

 

How can the private sector work to increase the contribution of insurance to Kenya’s GDP?

 

Transport and logistics are at the core of Kenya’s economic narrative due to the country’s role as a trans-shipment hub for goods moving to landlocked countries in East and Central Africa. The Port of Mombasa (PoM) is located on international container routes, serving as a well-integrated landing port for regional shipping networks, while land...

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