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SLICGL poised for strong growth following segregation

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Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation General Ltd. (SLICGL), the general insurance subsidiary of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd. (SLIC), is entering a new phase of growth and innovation following its official segregation on February 1st, 2024.

Commenting on the outlook for SLICGL, Chandana L. Aluthgama, Group Chief Executive Officer, SLIC said, “After over 62 years of successful operations, the mandated separation of the life and general insurance businesses enables us to be more focused in our business strategies and ensures improved efficiency and effectiveness when serving our customers.”

“Understanding this critical pivot, we have adapted to regulatory requirements as well as market dynamics and initiated operational separation across segments in 2018. Hence, while 2024 signals the legal culmination of segregation, we are already seeing results of our focused business approach. For example, despite industry and national challenges, SLICGL has demonstrated exceptional performance in 2023, a growth story that speaks volumes about our performance and potential in the general insurance industry.”

While the overall general insurance sector posted an average growth in Gross Written Premiums (GWP) of 5.7% in 2023, SLICGL surged ahead with a 14% increase in GWPs in the same year. Growth is attributed to the significant expansion in both motor and non-motor segments, with SLICGL maintaining its leadership position in the motor market and bridging the gap in the non-motor segment.

Defining the journey to date, Aluthgama said, “We did not just grow; our activity ratios surged. In 2023, we embraced a performance-driven culture, underscored by a collective agreement among all staff members for variable pay based on performance.”

Chief Operating Officer, SLICGL Priyantha Perera, said, “In 2023, our performance significantly outpaced industry growth rates, securing top position in the motor market for the fifth consecutive year at 6% growth, which is over 10 times faster than the industry growth average of 0.5% for this motor segment. Moreover, despite initially being behind in the non-motor sector, we narrowed the gap significantly, reducing it to LKR 1.5 billion last year from LKR 3 billion, and expanding the segment at 27%, which is well above the industry growth average of 13%.”

With the segregation complete, SLICGL is poised to capitalize on emerging opportunities, particularly in medical and non-motor insurance products. SLICGL is also working to expand services and leverage technology to differentiate customer experience, with significant investments in digital infrastructure and artificial intelligence.

 

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