Nigeria’s substantial oil and gas reserves, its young and growing population and its position as Africa’s largest economy continue to point to significant development potential for its insurance sector. However, Nigeria has failed to deliver on that potential historically due in part to the volatility of growth in the country’s real gross domestic product (GDP), coupled with the sporadic enforcement of mandatory retail insurance lines.
In a new Best’s Market Segment Report, “Nigeria’s Insurance Market Offers Significant Potential Despite Headwinds”, AM Best notes that, due to the COVID-19-driven economic slowdown, the insurance market regulator (National Insurance Commission [NAICOM]) has agreed to further delay its revised plans to strengthen market capitalisation and limit the volume of premium flowing out of the country.
NAICOM has now opted for a staggered approach that requires partial recapitalisation by December 2020, with market participants obliged to meet the full requirements by September 2021. AM