While the takaful industry has been developing rapidly in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the development of takaful regulation varies significantly country by country, according to a new special report featured in BestWeek Asia-Pacific. As a result, the levels of policyholder protection differ from one state to another, which has created opportunities for takaful operators to pursue regulatory arbitrage.
Indeed, there is significant debate as to the right level of regulation. Market participants in some of the more demanding regimes consider the regulations to be stifling their companies. A.M. Best believes the solution is not less regulation but more consistent application of regulation throughout the region, which has the potential to provide sufficient policyholder protection, and thus safeguard the long-term viability of the takaful industry. (Press Release)