Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | More Ugandans are shopping for insurance by means of their banks because the channels have boosted confidence in insurance, gamers have mentioned.
Official figures present an upward curve of insurance merchandise by means of banks, which is technically often known as bancassurance. It began in Uganda in 2017 after the modification of the Financial Institutions Act, 2016 to permit banks to behave as insurance brokers.
According to the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA), the trade regulator, premiums collected by means of bancassurance channels raised from 26 billion Shillings in 2018 to 53.6 billion Shillings in 2019. This accounted for five.5 p.c contribution to the whole premiums written in the yr.
Aggrey Mulumbi, a chartered insurer mentioned the interplay between the shopper and the financial institution was excessive. The banks, he mentioned, additionally know the purchasers’ monetary capacity and may tailor merchandise to them. As a outcome, extra individuals are shopping for insurance merchandise by means of banks.
Through the banks, Mulumbi mentioned, insurance corporations are benefiting from effectivity in the banks and the good thing about fixed interplay of consumers with the financial institution.
This, he mentioned will assist construct the confidence and long run relationship of consumers in the banking sector to tackle insurance. Also, the model of the financial institution can be necessary for the insurers to lure prospects to their aspect. Mulumbi was talking in a web-based assembly organized by Centenary financial institution on bancassurance.
He added that banks wanted to enhance on credit score life insurance, the place they’ll embed sure merchandise of insurance when lending to totally different prospects.
While it’s rising in recognition, bancassurance might include dangers. As some prospects begin shopping for insurance by means of banks, some brokers are attempting to promote every part to them which is resulting in duplication, mentioned Bashabe Simon, a enterprise improvement supervisor at Niko Insurance.
IRA says insurance uptake penetration in the nation decreased from 0.eight p.c in 2018 to 0.77 p.c in 2019. The decline is because of rebasing of the 2018/19 GDP figures that noticed the dimensions of the financial system (GDP) develop from 109.9 trillion shilling to 122.7 trillion shillings.
However, the authority says to develop the sector, buyer confidence is vital. This will be achieved by means of fast decision of disputes and fee of claims. Another half would widen attain the place banks come in useful.