BMI View: The strengths and weaknesses of Namibia's insurance sector are defined by those of its vastly larger counterpart: neighbouring South Africa. Arguably the main problem is that Namibia's economy is very closely tied to that of South Africa: the Namibian dollar, for instance, is pegged to the South African rand. This means that the lacklustre performance of the South African economy (in terms of sluggish demand, stubborn inflationary pressures and low growth in labour productivity) has implications for Namibia and its insurer . Nevertheless, premiums should grow steadily through the forecast period.
BMI's new insurance report format provides forecasts of the life and non-life markets, including gross and net premiums, reinsurance premiums and assets. Moreover, it provides forecasts for key growth drivers such as vehicle fleet size, demographic factors and private health expenditure. The report also contains a comprehensive breakdown of the non-life insurance market, providing forecasts for motor and transport insurance, property, personal accident, health, general liability and credit insurance. Finally, the new report offers a detailed breakdown of the life and non-life competitive landscapes, covering the top companies present in each segment by premiums and market share.
The South African insurers are world class operators who intimately understand the issues and customers in a country like Namibia. In particular, the South African insurers are very adept at identifying the right business strategy and product offering for the income groups where they have a competitive advantage. For most of the South African majors, this means relatively high income groups in Namibia (and the businesses that employ them). In Namibia, as in South Africa, insurers rarely offer 'all products to all people'.
Over recent years, lower income groups in Namibia have been relatively hard hit by the lacklustre performance of the economy. However, they have benefited from...
The Namibia Insurance Report has been researched at source and features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent assessment and forecasts for the insurance sector. It examines industry developments, key growth drivers and risk management projections, including the macroeconomic situation, government policy, regulatory environment and the level of development and potential for growth, broken down by line. Leading insurers are profiled, covering premiums, products and services and competitive positioning.
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Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts and views, covering the Life and Non-Life segments, the evolving competitive landscape and business operational risks.
Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the insurance sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.
Individual analysis of both Life and Non-Life insurance sector developments and prospects across developed states and emerging markets - supported by BMI's global industry growth forecasts. This is followed by an in-depth evaluation of region- and country-specific trends, focusing on BMI's country-by-country market growth data.
Business Environment Ratings
BMI's Insurance Business Environment Ratings provide a country-comparative Risk-Reward Ratings index aimed at investors (Life and Non-Life) in the insurance market.
The ratings methodology makes sophisticated use of over 40 industry, economic and demographic data points and is part of BMI's integrated Country Risk-Industry Ratings products.
BMI Industry Forecasts
Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2017 for key industry and economic indicators (see list below) supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:
Premiums: Total (US$mn), growth (% y-o-y), penetration (% of GDP), density (US$ per capita) for Life and Non-Life sectors, and total premiums.
Life: Data on gross written premiums for all major non-life segments (e.g. motor, fire, work).
Non-life: Data on gross written premiums for all major life segments (e.g. life, retirement).
Economic: Nominal GDP (US$bn), real GDP growth (%), GDP per capita (US$), population (mn), unemployment (%), exchange rate (against US$).
Competitive Landscape & Rankings
Illustration of the insurance industry via rankings tables comparing gross written premiums by company (US$mn) and market share (%). This chapter also includes in-depth regional analysis of the market position, business strategies and investment potential of the leading insurance companies.
Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.