Monday, December 19, 2011
H.E. Fatima Mohammed Ishaq Al Awadi,
Deputy Director General of the Insurance Authority, asserted that increasing
the number of UAE nationals in the insurance companies, improving the level of
their skills and experiences, and providing them with the opportunity to take
part in making decisions, setting policies, and preparing plans are a patriot
duty of the management of insurance companies operating in the State in a
manner that contributes to achieving the leadership directives and government
objectives to empower the national employees.
She said that the
national employees working in the insurance companies enjoy a high level of
academic and practical competence which we are proud of. She said she hopes
that the national and foreign companies operating in the State adopt an
Emiratization plan through which they seek to increase the Emiratization rates
in the company, promote the national employees, and give them the technical and
technological skills that influence their career progress in the companies they
This was stated during
chairing the extensive meeting which was organized by the IA with the general
managers of the insurance companies regarding the Emiratization in the
insurance sector at Yas Island Rotana Hotel at Abu Dhabi on
Monday. The meeting was attended by the managers and HR managers of 61 national
and foreign companies operating in the State to discuss the results of the
meetings held by the IA during last October and November with the national employees
working in the insurance companies operating in the State and their suggestions
pertaining to the attractive environment for Emiratization and means to
overcome the problems and obstacles facing Emiratization in the insurance
sector, as well as areas to enhance the competence and improve the professional
levels of the national cadres.
She affirmed that the IA is
determined to change the reality of Emiratization in the insurance companies in
implementation of the desire of the prudent leadership of the State. She
explained that despite the rising of Emiratization rate in the insurance
companies in the State from 5.2% in the end of 2010 to nearly 6.5% in the end
of the first half of the current year, yet it is still a small and unsatisfactory
rate while the information at hand indicates that some foreign insurance
companies do not include any national employees.
She explained that during its
previous meetings with the national employees working in the insurance
companies operating in the State, the IA discussed the issues, remarks, and
inquiries of interest for the national employees in the insurance companies
which may contribute to developing their skills and encouraging them to work,
as well as positively reflect on their performance and competence and increase
the competitiveness of the companies they work in on the other hand.
She explained that Emiratization is
not about employment, but it must be accompanied with intensive training on the
technical, financial, and legal aspects of insurance which contributes to the
UAE nationals assuming advanced positions in the middle and top management and
create adequate conditions for the stability of national cadres in their
positions in the insurance companies, whereas such stability leads to the
accumulation of experience which is a primary factor in the insurance business.
She added that toward this
objective, the IA has recently adopted many rules and took practical
initiatives which contribute to expanding the Emiratization base in the insurance
companies, including linking the approvals issued to the companies to open new branches
with the appointment of certain rates of UAE nationals, instructing the foreign
insurance companies which operate in the local market and do not have any
national employee to achieve at least the general Emiratization rate before the
end of the current year, and forming a committee to run the Insurance and
Takaful Training Center in participation with the Emirates Institute for
Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) toward establishing the UAE Institute of
Insurance and Takaful.
She asserted that the initial
results of the IA's actions were encouraging as the rate of UAE nationals
working in the insurance companies increased at 13.3% during the first nine
months of the current year as compared with the end of the past year.
H.E. Fatima Al Awadi asserted that
the IA will not stop at such level of action and efforts, yet it will continue
taking further procedures and practical initiatives to increase the
Emiratization rate in the insurance sector and improve the level of skills and experiences
of the UAE nationals working in such sector to achieve the directives of the prudent
leadership in the State and implement the government strategy in this domain.
She referred to the Emiratization plan in the insurance sector which was
recently set by the IA for the years 2012-2014 and which includes specific
objectives and means and mechanisms to achieve the aspired objectives.
She reviewed the achievements
attained by the IA over the past few years. She said that since its
establishment in 2007, the IA managed to achieve a quantum and advanced leap in
the local insurance market, especially in terms of rearranging such market and organizing
its status appropriately in terms of the performance, control, competitiveness,
and completion of the legislative frameworks which represent the cornerstone
for tightening control over the insurance sector in the State.
She added that during the past four
years after its establishment, the IA completed hundreds of activities and initiatives
within its strategic and operational plan, which all aimed at improving the
insurance sector in the State, promoting the UAE as a regional and global
insurance hub, boosting the relationship with the federal and local entities as
well as the regional and international organizations to adopt the best
international practices, and consequently achieve further progress and growth
in the economic development components to embody the vision of the prudent
She noted that the IA has issued
many regulations to uplift the insurance sector, including instructions as to
the procedures of anti-money laundering and combating of terrorism financing in
the insurance activities and instructions as to the rule of profession practice
and ethics that must be followed by the insurance companies and which aim at
protecting the policyholders and beneficiaries. Further, the IA issued Takaful
insurance regulations which represent the first of its kind in the Arab region
and the most comprehensive at the level of the Islamic countries, instructions
to organize the operation of insurance agents, and instructions as to the
licensing of TPA companies and organization and control of operations thereof,
as well as the guidelines pertaining to the rules of insurance policy marketing
by the banks. In the field of financial organization of the insurance sector,
the IA prepared rules of the investment policy of the insurance companies, and
it prepared the principles pertaining to the method of calculating the
technical provisions in the insurance operations. It also prepared the rules
pertaining to the solvency margin in the insurance companies. Currently, the IA
embarks upon preparing the accounting policies in the insurance business. In
the field of insurance training and education, the Insurance and Takaful
Training Center was established in cooperation with the EIBFS.
She added that the IA currently
takes more organizational and legal actions to enhance the development in this
market in all aspects and to uplift its competitiveness level and develop its
performance to occupy a very advanced rank at the regional and global levels.
Following the opening speech, H.E.
Fatima Mohammed Ishaq Al Awadi, Deputy Director General of the IA, presented a summary
of the report drafted by the IA regarding the results of the meetings held with
the UAE nationals working in the insurance companies and the results of the
questionnaire measuring the satisfaction of the UAE nationals working in the
insurance companies which varied between commending of the management of
companies they work in and a package of negative remarks noted by some UAE
nationals about some financial, technical, and social aspects prevailing in the
companies they work in.
The questionnaire results focused on
many points which constituted areas of agreement between the UAE nationals
working in the insurance sector, including lack of adequate training,
unfamiliarity of the national employees of the training courses, inequality in
the in-kind and financial benefits among the UAE nationals and expatriates, the
absence of a clear promotions system and lack of graduation in the progress of
top job titles, unification of the health insurance among all the companies to
cover all family members of the UAE national, failure to allow the UAE national
time or a sabbatical leave in case he/she wishes to complete education in the
different institutes and universities, lack of labour cards, failure to unify
the working hours among all the companies, unclearness of the job description
of some UAE nationals, and failure to announce the vacancies in some companies.
Moreover, the Deputy Director
General of the IA presented a brief presentation on the Emiratization plan in
the insurance sector for the years 2012-2014 which will be adopted by the IA as
of the beginning of next year.
The plan seeks to achieve two
objectives; the first objective is quantitative to increase the rate of national
employees in the insurance companies according to certain rates. The second
objective is qualitative by preparing the national youth to work in the
technical, financial, and legal aspects of the insurance and reinsurance
business whether in the administrative and marketing aspects or the top
positions in the insurance companies by providing them with academic
qualification and practical training.
The attendees had extensive and
continuous discussions about the general problems and barriers which are
related to Emiratization and training operations and well as means to improve
the professional performance of the UAE nationals working in the insurance
sector and mechanisms to increase attractiveness of working and performing in
such vital sector.
They also addressed areas of
development of the training aspects and the most advanced means to encourage
the national employees to participate in the qualitative training courses which
are positively reflected on the performance of employees and companies together.
The discussions also concentrated on some financial, employment, and
organizational aspects to achieve job stability and security for the national
employees in the insurance companies and to increase them in the future.
The participants extended thanks and
appreciation to the IA for organizing such meeting which contributed to
promoting the awareness of companies about Emiratization and realization of the
plans and needs of the national employees. At the same time, the participants
presented practical suggestions to promote the companies to achieve the
Emiratization plans and to encourage them to enhance the training and involve
the national employees in the specialized training courses in order to improve
the academic and practical standards in the insurance domain.
Managers of the insurance companies expressed
their desire and willingness to adopt the Emiratization plan prepared by the IA
for the years 2012-2014 and their keenness to increase the rate of UAE
nationals in the companies.