Despite earlier announced plans to hold the rescheduled 17th Singapore International
Reinsurance Conference (SIRC) as a hybrid event, the organiser, Singapore Reinsurers’
Association (SRA) has decided to run the event in virtual format for a second year. This
difficult decision was made in light of a spike in COVID-19 infections attributed to the
highly transmissible Delta-variant strain not only in Singapore, where vaccination rates
are well over 80%, but also elsewhere across the Asia-Pacific region.
“We were very hopeful that the worst was behind us and that we would once again
be able to meet up in-person with all our associates and partners from across the
world,” said Mr Marc Haushofer, Chairman of the SRA. He added, “We delayed this
painful decision for as long as we could but after consulting all our key partners and
closely monitoring official announcements on the easing of border restrictions, it
became clear that there would not be a sufficient number of overseas attendees for
the hybrid event to be viable.”
Notwithstanding its virtual format, the SRA is assembling an impressive line-up of
speakers and panellists for the 17th SIRC 2021 virtual event, which will be held from 15
to 17 November this year. Heading the illustrious line-up is Guest-of-Honour, Mr
Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s Minister for Finance and Co-chair of the Government’s
COVID-19 Multi-Ministry Taskforce, who will officiate at the opening session and deliver
the Official Keynote Address on Monday, 15 November at 2.00pm Singapore time.
Several companies have already signed on as presenting partners to curate sessions
that revolve around the theme, “Reinsurance: Quo Vadis?”. Swiss Re is the Lead
Partner and will curate a number of sessions including a Fireside Chat with its CEO
Reinsurance, Mr Moses Ojeisekhoba. "We are very pleased to support the SRA for the
17th SIRC. The pandemic has presented a chance for the re/insurance industry to
reflect on the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead of us and to
consider ways to bring about sustainable change. In that sense, the theme “Quo
Vadis?” is very apt as we consider, where are we going?", said Mr Russell
Higginbotham, CEO Reinsurance Asia & Regional President of Swiss Re Asia.
Gold Partners – Allianz Re and Munich Re – and Silver Partners – A M Best, ICEYE and
Lloyd’s – will each host one session each over the three-day conference period, with
Lloyd’s Chairman, Mr Bruce Carnegie-Brown confirmed to deliver the Industry Keynote.
More details of the sessions and speakers will be announced soon.
The 17th SIRC event platform will comprise virtual zones created for the Conference
Lobby; Help Desk; Conference Hall; Networking Lounge; Exhibition Hall; and Media
Centre, where attendees can navigate seamlessly to attend keynote and panel
sessions in the Conference Hall; engage in open chats with fellow attendees; explore
Meeting/Exhibition spaces of partner companies or the media partners in the Media
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For more details on how your company can participate in the event, please contact the
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