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10th October 2012

Global Federation of Insurance Associations formed

Thirty-one insurance associations representing 87% of the worldwide insurance business formally established the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA).
“This is a great day for the insurance industry around the world. The federation will give our associations the ability to respond on a timely basis to international issues affecting our industry and to speak with one voice,” said Frank Swedlove, newly-elected GFIA chair and president of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association. “I am honoured to have the opportunity to be the inaugural chair of the federation and will strive to ensure that our industry’s views are heard.”
Welcoming the creation of the global federation, Peter Braumüller, chairman of the executive committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), said “As the global insurance standard-setter, the IAIS values greatly the contributions of IAIS observers-who represent international institutions, professional associations and insurance and reinsurance companies-to the development and implementation of IAIS supervisory material. We look forward to working with GFIA and its members as we all continue to promote effective and globally-consistent supervision of the insurance industry.”
Recaredo Arias, secretary general of FIDES (Federación Interamericana de Empresas de Seguros) has been elected vice-chair of the new federation. The founding member associations also elected a secretary, Michaela Koller, director general of Insurance Europe. As the secretariat, Insurance Europe will undertake the significant work that will be required to support the GFIA’s initiatives in key areas of concern to the global insurance industry.
The GFIA will be active in commenting on a broad range of issues affecting the international insurance industry, including developments in the systemic risk debate; the work of the IAIS in developing ComFrame, the common framework for the supervision of international groups; market conduct and trade issues; and initiatives in relation to financial inclusion and anti-money laundering.
Chairing the inaugural meeting of the GFIA today in Washington, DC, Governor Dirk Kempthorne, president and ceo of the American Council of Life Insurers, stated “This is indeed a historic day. Regulation of the insurance industry is increasingly being set internationally. The establishment of the
Global Federation of Insurance Associations will allow the industry to work more closely with international
regulators in the development of sound and balanced regulation.”
The ABI and IUA are members.
The members of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) represent insurers that account for 87% of that total.
The world’s insurance associations have cooperated informally for several years, most recently as the International Network of
Insurance Associations. This is the first time that a formal global federation of the world’s insurance associations has been created.