Pakistan raises minimum capital requirements

April 3 2015 by InsuranceAsia News Staff

Insurance companies in Pakistan will have to raise their paid-up capital, as the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SEC) have announced increases to the minimum paid-up capital requirements for insurance firms.

The increases will be staggered, with life insurance companies needing a minimum paid-up capital of PKR500 million ($4.9 million) by December 31, 2015, an amount which will then increase by PKR50m ($490,000) at six-month intervals until it reaches PKR700 million ($6.8 million) by December 31, 2017.

Non-life insurance companies should have minimum paid-up capital of PKR300 million ($2.94 million) by December 31, 2015, and this figure will increase by PKR50 million at six-month intervals until it reaches PKR500 million by December31, 2017.

According to the SECP, raising the minimum paid-up capital requirements for insurers is an attempt to strengthen the country’s insurance sector.

Pakistan currently has 41 non-life insurers, nine life insurers, and one reinsurer.

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