London—The tenth International Takaful Summit was held in London from 22nd to 24th February 2016. The theme of this year’s Summit was Pathways for Matching Islamic Finance Assets to Takaful. The disconnect between the fast-growing pool of Islamic finance assets and their relatively sparse use of Takaful, formed the background to the discussions over the three days. This leading thought forum for the global Takaful industry had over 400 participants from all over the world for its tenth annual gathering. The Summit started with the Norton Rose Fulbright Masterclass on 22nd February. In the Masterclass, discussions centred on the re-emerging opportunities in Pakistan and Iran where the requirement for Islamic insurance is strong and the potential for growth of Takaful was judged to be immense.
The first day of the main Summit on 23rd February brought together a number of renowned experts to discuss various areas of interest for Takaful providers. The success story of Shyarikat Takaful Malaysia was appreciated by all delegates. The presentation of a survey done by Norton Rose Fulbright on attitudes of potential users of Takaful was also eye-opening. The morning also saw a number of informative presentations on the development of Takaful in Africa, with discussions centred on the potential for growth of Takaful using the pure mutual model. Some interesting opportunities were highlighted using discretionary mutuals and the new potential deferred share capital raising possibilities for mutuals in the UK.
In the afternoon, key stakeholders made presentations on leveraging the expertise in the London market to enhance global Takaful provision. They highlighted the fact London would be receptive to working with Takaful Operators to create a win-win strategy. This was further reinforced in the closing keynote address by Inga Beale, CEO, of Lloyd’s of London who reiterated the commitment of the leading insurance market to welcome Takaful providers. The first day came to a close with the International Takaful Awards where 200 industry leaders celebrated the achievements of the global Takaful operators and service providers in the only standalone ceremony to recognise the significant achievements of this market.
There were 22 awards presented on the night with notable mentions for Al Ahli Takaful who walked away with 2 awards and Shyarikat Takaful Malaysia that were awarded the best Takaful Company in Malaysia for the 4th successive year. Pak-Qatar Family & General Takaful received the Best Takaful operator in Pakistan due to their extensive branch network and innovative use of technology to increase their reach and improve accessibility to their clients. One of the top awards for CEO of the year was presented to Ali Ibrahim Abdulghani for steering Qatar Islamic Insurance Company to incredible results in 2015. The lifetime achievement award was presented to Hannover Retakaful’s Mahomed Akoob who has contributed so much to the industry including the formation of the first Takaful Company in South Africa as well as overseeing the formation of Hannover Retakaful into the premier Retakaful institution in the world. Mahomed accepted the award with great humility giving credit to his colleagues that he had worked with in a 4 decade career as well as the clients that he has served so diligently.
(Pakistan Observer / 03 March 2016)---
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