Munich Re writes Retakaful business – Retakaful branch opens in Malaysia

2007/09/25

Reinsurance

Munich Re has opened a branch in Kuala Lumpur which is entirely devoted to Retakaful business. Retakaful, the name given to the Islamic form of reinsurance, is based on the principles of Islamic law (Shari’ah). The Munich Re Retakaful branch, Kuala Lumpur offers General Retakaful (as an alternative to non-life reinsurance) and Family Retakaful (as an alternative to life reinsurance) that complies with Shari’ah principles. Munich Re sees this as an area with major growth potential.

1.3 billion Muslims – 20% of the global population – make up the second-largest religion in the world. Islam is the state religion in some 40 countries. The Takaful (Shari’ah-compliant alternative to insurance) market is currently thriving, with growth rates in double figures. Munich Re’s Retakaful initiative caters for the needs of this client group. The Group’s Retakaful branch will initially write business in Malaysia but it will extend the scope of its activities to other Southeast-Asian countries and beyond in the near future.

Ludger Arnoldussen, member of the Board of Management of Munich Re: "We already enjoy very good relations with our clients in the Islamic world. Writing Retakaful business via our new branch will broaden and enhance those relations, giving us access to additional fields of business and new clients. This is a further step in our Changing Gear programme and will speed up the pace of profitable growth at Munich Re."

Under the (Re)Takaful system, the insureds form a community which attaches great significance to mutual support and solidarity. Premiums are therefore paid as a kind of donation to help members of the community who sustain losses. In addition to this communal risk-sharing, surpluses are placed at the disposal of the community. Premiums are invested according to strictly Islamic principles (interest is prohibited and sectors such as gambling or alcohol excluded). Most of the profits are also returned to the community. The (Re)Takaful company receives a fee for managing the funds.

Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft
signed Dr. Arnoldussen           signed Dr. Lawrence

The Munich Re Group operates worldwide, turning risk into value. In the financial year 2006, it achieved a profit of €3,519m, the highest in its corporate history. Its premium income amounted to approximately €37bn and its investments to around €177bn. The Group operates in all lines of business, with around 37,000 employees at over 50 locations throughout the world and is characterised by particularly pronounced diversification, client focus and earnings stability. With premium income of around €22bn from reinsurance alone, it is one of the world's leading reinsurers. Its primary insurance operations are mainly concentrated in the ERGO Insurance Group. With premium income of almost €17bn, ERGO is one of the largest insurance groups in Europe and Germany. ERGO is Europe’s market leader in health and legal protection insurance, and 33 million clients in 25 countries place their trust in the services, competence and security it provides.
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