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Liberia: Call For Autonomous Agency To Regulate Insurance Industry

A top insurance executive has told members of the Senate Banking and Currency Committee and Judiciary Committee that it is now time for the formation of an Insurance Commission as required by the 2013 Insurance Act.

Mr Saye D Gbalazeh, managing director and CEO of Activa International Insurance, said that the 2013 Insurance Act calls for the setting up of an Insurance Commission as an autonomous commission five years after the passage of the Insurance Act. This law would separate the insurance sector from the Central Bank of Liberia, reported Front Page Africa.

He appeared before the Senate committee to give expert opinion on the insurance sector as the committees deliberate on amending certain segments of the Central Bank of Liberia Act.

Mr Gbalazeh said, “Like other countries in the region and other practices in the world, the Insurance Commission should be an autonomous commission headed by a commissioner. It should be an agency run by experts.”

He added, “We are ready for the transition because the current structure, as it is, is not serving our purpose. The central bank does not have the time to put in place licensing requirements for agencies and brokers, and there is a need for that. The central bank should have requirements for who can become an agent or a broker.”

He said that it’s about putting a structure in place that has enforcement capacity.

Functions of proposed insurance regulator

The functions of the proposed Insurance Commission would be:

to license insurers, reinsurers, insurance brokers, insurance agents and loss adjusters in accordance with the Insurance Act;

to regulate and supervise licensed insurers on an individual and group-wide basis;

to regulate and supervise licensed insurance brokers, licensed insurance agents and licensed loss adjusters;

to enforce compliance with the law and regulations;

to take enforcement action against persons carrying on unlicensed business; and

to cooperate with, and provide assistance to, foreign regulatory authorities and regulatory authorities and law enforcement agencies in Liberia.

Source Middle East Insurance Review

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