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.
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.
Auto policies are the fastest growing category, with an increase of 14% so far this year compared to 2013.
Lack of a culture of prevention is preventing the emerging Nicaraguan insurance market from achieving high growth rates in most policies. Car policies are the most sought after, but those for life, property and health are growing slowly.
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