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The IAIS, the global association of insurance supervisors, is to hold its annual conference in Amsterdam this October with the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) as host.

Noëlle Honings, policy adviser for insurance at the DNB, said: “This is the first time in the 20 years of the IAIS that the annual conference of this global supervisory umbrella will be held in this country.

“This is an extra special occasion for us due to the fact the DNB is also celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.”

The event takes place on 23-24 October with around 500 delegates expected to attend – including supervisors, insurance companies, consultants and government representatives.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, is a keynote speaker.

The IAIA was established in 1994 and represents insurance supervisors in more than 200 jurisdictions and 140 different countries, representing some 97% of worldwide insurance premiums.

Around 130 observer members represent international organisations, insurance associations and (re)insurers.

Honings said the recognition of the IAIS had increased strongly over the past year.

“In autumn 2013, the IAIS took on the task of developing and rolling out a global capital standard for systemically relevant insurers,” he said.

“This straightaway put the organisation high on people’s agendas.”

The October event runs from 20 to 25 October, with two additional conference days for insurance and other related areas, such as pensions.

Joanne Kellermann, DNB director, will speak on governance and risk culture in insurance companies, while Michael McRaith, director of the US Federal Insurance Office, will speak on the global capital requirements for insurance.

EIOPA’s Gabriel Bernardino will discuss co-operation between supervisory authorities.

For more information and registration, visit http://www.iais2014.org/.

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