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Guyana

Guyana

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Insurance market reports are produced following a country visit with interviews with professionals working in the sector with systematic updates to information throughout the cycle. Covering market developments, macroeconomic factors and comprehensive details of the regulatory environment including relevant taxation as well as market indicators and company statistics.

Axco’s Guyana Non-Life Insurance Market Report (P&C) also comprises a detailed analysis of lines of business and sub-classes such as natural hazards, property, construction and machinery breakdown, motor, workers compensation & employers’ liability and liability.

The Life & Benefits Report for Guyana includes detail on social security, healthcare, individual life assurance and pensions information as well as market statistics and life company statistics

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Country Information

Time-zone
Capital city
Currency
Population
Real GDP growth (%)
Inflation (%)
latest GWP
Insurance Penetration (%)
GMT-4
Georgetown
GYD
0.79 mn
30.00
3.77%
29.76
0.85

Guyana is bordered on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the east by Suriname, on the south by Brazil and on the west by Brazil and Venezuela. The Guyanese economy is based on agriculture and mining and is highly dependent on global commodity prices. It is also largely state-owned, although the government is committed to liberalisation initiatives and attracting foreign investment. Guyana is one of the poorest countries in South America: there is a significant informal economy which some observers have estimated as equivalent to around 30% of the formal economy.

Insurance penetration rates are reported to have improved, but remain low. Distribution channels are mainly brokers, tied company agents and direct contact between insurer and client.

The life market is oriented towards protection products rather than savings: growth in the sector is usually driven by demand for credit and mortgage facilities, aligned to the prevailing economic climate. Products themselves are very traditional, partly due to an absence of quality long-term investment options for insurers.

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