PBIF asks insurance companies to be ready to brace CPEC challenges

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain has said that insurance sector is set to grow as economy is picking up. Insurance companies should prepare to handle the opportunities and challenges arising out of game-changing project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said. Mian Zahid Hussain said that insurance business has a promising future as massive foreign funds under CPEC have started to flow. Insurance penetration is around 0.2 percent of total population and the size of the insurance industry is below one percent of the GDP because only rich and middle-class is targeted while the micro-insurance sector is conveniently ignored, he added. Government should establish a separate regulator for the micro-insurance sector and provide incentives to the private sector so that it can step in the segment as the poor that cannot afford proper insurance policies can be covered against risks. He said that poor should be offered life insurance, health insurance, and disability insurance while proper insurance cover to save their small businesses is a must.