Muhammad Noor Ul Haq
PACRA maintains IFS Rating of State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan
The rating takes into account State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan’s (SLIC) sound market position within the Life Insurance industry emanating from extensive and well-penetrated distribution network, experienced management team and robust financial profile. The rating reflects State Life Insurance Corporation's robust risk absorption capacity on the back of Government of Pakistan's (GoP) guarantee for policyholders' liabilities. The sum insured including bonuses (if any) declared by State Life Insurance Corporation are guaranteed as to payment in cash by GoP under article 35 of the Life Insurance (Nationalization) Order, 1972. The Corporation in spite of challenging economic climate and global pandemic has been able to grow its GPW by ~6%. With an emphasis on existing business lines, the organization pursues a growth strategy that seeks to broaden its product offerings. – Health Insurance, Bancassurance, and Window Takaful.
During CY20, the total GPW of the industry grew by 4.6% to PKR 233bln in CY20 as against a decline of 1.2% to PKR 223bln in CY19. COVID-19 is an ongoing challenge. While it has taken a toll on many businesses, its ramifications are still unfolding. However, due to present pandemic situation, the demand for Life Insurance products is expected to increase over near term which in turn is expected to result in new business growth for the industry.
State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan's ability to maintain its leadership in the life insurance sector is important. In this regard, successful execution of the envisaged business strategy including diversification and continued growth is essential. Additionally, implementation of core insurance ERP system will enable efficient business operations with the real time provision of services to all stakeholders.
State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan was incorporated in March 1972 when the Life Insurance business in Pakistan was nationalized. Currently, the Corporation operates through a widespread sales network throughout Pakistan and also has presence in the Middle East. State Life Insurance Corporation is the largest Life Insurer in Pakistan with 51% market share.
Mr. Shoaib Javed Hussain has 20 years’ experience of successful careers in senior management of global insurance groups and consultancies in the United Kingdom (UK) and Asia. He brings with him breadth of strategic executive perspective and technical acumen gained through global engagements across Europe, North America and Asia. Mr. Hussain holds an MSc in Actuarial Management from CASS Business School, City University, London and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (UK).
The Corporation has a seven member board including the Chairman. Other board members are a good mix of individuals belonging to public sector, private financial and corporate sectors. All board members have been active in strategic oversight of the Corporation. The management team comprises Executive Directors nominated by Federal Government on deputation, who are assisted by a team of professionals, associated with the Corporation since long.