From the report by Fitch Central America is entitled "Performance of Insurance Industry Central America: Well Positioned for Growth ":
The insurance industry in Central America managed to increase premium production by 12% compared to 2010, where Panama, Guatemala and Honduras recorded an above-average growth. The countries with the highest contribution in the production of $3.44 billion dollars that the industry reached the end of 2011, are Panama and Costa Rica, a positive sign that the region is recovering from the economic crisis.
It should be noted that despite the revival of the Central American economies compared to previous years, the average penetration of the insurance industry remains very low (2.1%), well below the 4.3% that is registered in Chile, the highest penetration of Latin America , and the 3% Latin American average.
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During the first half of 2012, the insurance sector in Latin America had a premium volume of $77,085 million, maintaining growth rates of two digits.
According to César Quevedo, deputy director of the Institute of Science at Seguro de Fundación Mapfre, the insurance industry is "key" to this global market.
A report by SUGESE contains information on Basic Indicators, Market Structure and Participants and Products.
December 2012 Bulletin from the Superintendent of Insurance (SUGESE):
The total amount of direct premiums was ¢466.2 billion in 2012, with 69% of that amount corresponding to voluntary insurance.
A low penetration level of insurance as related to GDP allows for sustainable growth of insurance businesses.
In the past five years, Panama has seen an explosion of commercial development and an influx of insurance companies. The country is about to remake its insurance legislation, which is also aimed at helping the country become a regional hub for insurance and reinsurance, according to Carlos Abrahams, a director at Global Intermediaries. Global is a specialized reinsurance consultancy and brokerage in Panama City, Panama.
Fitch Rating's Special Report: "Insurance Industry Costa Rica: End of the State's Monopoly"
Costa Rica's insurance industry had been dominated by a state-owned monopoly until the new Insurance Law of 2008; up to December 2008 it is the largest and fastest growing market in Central America (excluding Panama).