East Asian Insurance Day
（Oct. 9, 2015）
One of the most important activities of the General Insurance Association of Japan (GIAJ) is to promote mutual understanding and interchanges with overseas general insurance markets through the exchange of information and opinions, including active participation in the East Asian Insurance Congress (EAIC), which is the biggest international insurance conference in Asia.
On the occasion of the East Asian Insurance Day, which was launched in 2006 by the EAIC to help the public gain a better understanding of the role of insurance in East Asia, Mr. Hisahito Suzuki, the Chairman of the GIAJ has delivered a message both at home and abroad.
In addition, we are delighted to share with you a message from Mr. Chris Ma, Chairman of the Macau Insurers’ Association, to the Japanese insurance market, whose Japanese translation will appear in the Japanese insurance business papers.
East Asian Insurance Day
On the occasion of East Asian Insurance Day (October 18th), which was established by the East Asian Insurance Congress (EAIC), I would like to offer greetings and report on recent related General Insurance Association of Japan (GIAJ) initiatives.
With the purpose of promoting understanding of the role and importance of insurance as well as the activities of the EAIC in each region, East Asian Insurance Day was enacted at the 23rd congress held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei in 2006 to commemorate establishment of the EAIC in Tokyo on October 18, 1962. I think carrying out these common initiatives is very beneficial in bringing the various regions of East Asia together to help develop a sound insurance industry in East Asia, and to contribute to the daily lives of the people and social progress in the region.
The EAIC, which held its first conference with only around 20 international participants in Tokyo in 1962, has grown into the largest insurance conference in Asia with over 1,200 insurance experts from 30 countries and regions all over the world in attendance nowadays. Membership has increased to twelve cities, and next year Macau will host the 28th congress from October 11th to the 15th.
Last year, as the then EAIC Executive Board Member for Tokyo, I myself participated in the 27th congress in Taipei and made a presentation on the initiatives of the Japanese insurance industry with respect to issues such as natural disasters and our aging society. For this year, as the chairman of the GIAJ, I am leading the industry in order to contribute to economic stability and social progress and help build a worry-free, safe society.
The GIAJ has run the Insurance School (Non-Life) of Japan (ISJ), an international insurance technical assistance program for industry professional in East Asia, every year since 1972. The ISJ was established in response to an EAIC request and a recommendation by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). With a history of more than 40 consecutives years of assistance to people involved in the insurance industry within the East Asia region, the ISJ has about 1,900 graduates and is highly evaluated by officials of all participating countries. We believe that East Asian Insurance Day is also a day to re-recognize the long history and close relationship between the ISJ and the EAIC.
We, the GIAJ, will use East Asian Insurance Day to promote understanding of its importance and the roles played by the EAIC, and will implement the following initiatives this year. We will:
1) introduce the purpose, history and activities of the EAIC on display boards at the GIAJ headquarters,
2) utilize the GIAJ’s website and insurance business publications for communications and public affairs,
3) and contact the ISJ graduates whose total number is about 1,900 to encourage them to attend the 28th EAIC Conference.
I hope that the East Asian Insurance Day serves as a good opportunity for all people who work for the industry in each region to reaffirm the role and importance of insurance for economic and social progress. I offer my warmest congratulations on this commemorative day, and hope the East Asian insurance market will continue to progress in the future.
East Asian Insurance Day - To The Japanese Insurance Industry Workforce -
On behalf of the Macau Insurers Association and the Organizing Committee, I would like to warmly welcome all insurance professionals from Japan and around the globe to the 28th East Asian Insurance Congress to be held from 11 to 15 October 2016 at the Venetian Macau.
The theme of the 28th EAIC is “The Future of Insurance – Customer Centricity”. The healthy development of the industry depends largely on whether we are able to anticipate what customer needs will be. We will have a full programme to help us gain a better insight into who our customers are, how we can serve them better, what role technology plays, what impact the ageing population may have, and what the ultimate operating model is in an ever-changing market place. We may expect to be inspired by a host of world-class practitioners and speakers.
Every two years the EAIC offers excellent opportunities for delegates to meet up with one another to share their views on how we may make our industry better to better satisfy the needs of our customers. Macau in 2016 offers the perfect place for this meeting of great minds and exchange of great ideas.
Besides being a convention destination, Macau is recognized as a world tourism and leisure centre. Outside of the meeting rooms and beside the insightful agenda, Macau has a lot more to offer - fine dining options, world class shows and entertainment and more. As Macau continues with its fast paced development, by 2016, many more new hotels, convention facilities, entertainment options and fine restaurants will be ready to satisfy your every need.
Please join us in October 2016 to meet up with old friends and to make new ones, and to enjoy the warm Macanese hospitality.