IUMI’s increasing engagement in the growing Asian marine insurance markets had moved forward in late 2016 with the opening of the IUMI Asia Hub, based in Hong Kong in kind cooperation with IUMI’s local member association HKFI. One year after the announcement of this new IUMI overseas office, IUMI President Dieter Berg and IUMI Secretary General Lars Lange took the opportunity to visit the IUMI Asia Hub in November 2017 to continue the work started in Hong Kong on various projects to ensure IUMI’s strong presence in the region.
During the 5th Asia Marine Insurance Conference, 20-21 November 2017, which was part of the 2017 Hong Kong Maritime Week, IUMI President Dieter Berg had the opportunity to give a key note address to the local marine and marine insurance market in the presence of Frank Chan, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Transport & Housing. During the conference HKFI was also able to introduce and start a new marine insurance training course, the “HKFI Executive Certificate in Marine Insurance”, which has been developed with contributions from the IUMI Education Forum.
Dieter Berg, IUMI Executive Committee Member Agnes Choi and Lars Lange also took the opportunity to meet with IUMI Asia Hub representatives and various senior stakeholders in Hong Kong. For example, the Secretary for Transport & Housing, Frank Chan, and colleagues from the Hong Kong Transport & Housing Bureau, the Hong Kong Insurance Authority CEO, John Leung and colleagues, and the Hong Kong Ship-Owner Association HKSOA Managing Director Sandy Chan and colleagues.