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Government leaders tell AM Best TV “Bermuda is different”

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Bermuda RIMS Conf 10APRL 2016Bermuda leaders at RIMS 2016 tell AM Best TV: Not All Offshore Jurisdictions Are the Same 

San Diego, California, April 14, 2016—Bermuda leaders attending this week’s Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) annual conference told AM Best TV the island is a world apart from other offshore financial jurisdictions.

Premier Michael Dunkley was joined by Finance Minister ET Bob Richards and Economic Development Minister Dr. Grant Gibbons for a panel interview conducted by AM Best’s Meg Green during RIMS in San Diego, California April 10–13.

According to AM Best TV: “Bermuda’s leaders cite the island’s status as being Solvency II equivalent, along with what they say are higher levels of scrutiny, as reasons why they should not be confused with domiciles that have drawn negative attention.”

AM Best posted the video at http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=rims4416

Bermuda’s 200-strong delegation to RIMS included government officials, representatives of the Bermuda Monetary Authority, Bermuda Business Development Agency, Bermuda Tourism Authority, and numerous Bermuda-based international re/insurance companies, brokers, and service providers. The island’s significant attendance drew media attention and received a warm welcome from the global re/insurance industry. More than 10, 000 delegates attended this year’s event. The government delegation held a full slate of interviews over two days at the conference, and were welcomed to the San Diego Convention Center Tuesday by RIMS President Julie Pemberton and RIMS CEO Mary Roth—who will travel to Bermuda in September for the biennial ALARYS Congress event being hosted by the island for the third time. The Premier and Ministers also met with Lloyd’s of London CEO Inga Beale, among other industry executives, at RIMS 2016.

The conference served as a fitting platform to continue differentiating Bermuda from other jurisdictions amid an increased global focus on international financial centres, Bermuda officials and industry leaders agreed.

Bermuda is one of three major insurance centres, and the single most important property and catastrophe market. The island is also the largest captive insurance market—with 800 captive insurance companies generating over $48 billion in annual gross written premiums, and has the largest depository of ILS listings (more than $19 billion worth on the Bermuda Stock Exchange, more than 75 percent of the world’s capacity).

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