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Sompo increases foothold on Africa through Sanlam and SAHAM partnerships

Sompo increases foothold on Africa through Sanlam and SAHAM partnerships
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Sompo increases foothold on Africa through Sanlam and SAHAM partnerships

Bermuda - Sompo International today announced that it has formed alliances with both Sanlam Limited and SAHAM Finances through a partnership agreement executed by Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. (SJNK). The Bermuda-based specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance said the partnership will give them access to new markets by allowing Sompo to leverage Sanlam Limited and SAHAM Group’s insurance subsidiaries’ experience and existing footprints.

Sanlam Limited is the largest financial group in South Africa and its subsidiaries are leading financial service providers of life and non-life insurance. Santam Limited is the largest non-life insurance company in South Africa by gross written premiums and Sanlam Emerging Markets Limited, established in 2011, has life and non-life insurance operations in 14 of the fastest developing African countries.  SAHAM Finances is the largest Pan African insurance group excluding South Africa. It has operations in 26 countries where it provides insurance, reinsurance, assistance and third party administration (TPA) services.

Junichi Tanaka, Managing Executive Officer, Sompo Holdings Ltd. and SJNK said, “We are delighted to announce this partnership today with two of the largest and best known financial groups in Africa. This alliance allows us to build Sompo’s reputation as a strong player in Africa by expanding our support to Japanese customers entering the continent. Through our new partners we will now have access to 27 African countries in total, more than double the presence of our peers across the continent, providing us with the largest scope of coverage in Africa.”

Nigel Frudd, Chief Strategy Officer, Sompo International commented, “This strategic collaboration with Sanlam and Saham will allow us to bring the extensive global experience and broad product knowledge that SI possesses to our African clients. Many of SI’s specialty insurance products, such as crop, energy and weather risk, will be critical to aiding the future development of the continent. We look forward to strengthening the strong relationships with our partners through personnel exchanges as well as technical support across the region.”

Since establishing an office in Johannesburg in April 2014, SJNK has expanded its customer support and insurance market research system throughout Africa. The new partnership will enable Sompo to better support the African operations of their Japanese customers as well as to expand their distribution of new products to local businesses.

The size of the insurance market in Africa is USD20 billion and, while only 1% of the total global market, with compound annual growth projected at 3.2%[3] there remains considerable scope for development of this emerging insurance market. Furthermore, Japanese private/public investment into African countries is expected to be USD30 billion, with some private companies such as construction firms looking to actively promote high-quality Japanese infrastructure technologies to African countries.