Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda
|Jurisdiction||Government of Uganda|
|Headquarters||Nakasero, Kampala, Uganda|
|Agency executive||Gaudioso K. Tindamanyire, Chairman of the Board
Hajj Kaddunabbi I. Lubega
Chief Executive Officer
|Parent agency||Uganda Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning|
The Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda (IRAOU), is a government agency mandated to regulate, supervise and monitor the insurance industry in Uganda, the third-largest economy in East Africa. The agency's primary objective is to "ensure the effective administration, supervision, regulation and control of the business of Insurance in Uganda".
The headquarters of the Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda are located in the Legacy Towers Complex at 5 Kyaddondo Road, on Nakasero Hill, in Kampala Central Division. The coordinates of the IRAOU Headquarters are:0°19'49.0"N, 32°34'41.0"E (Latitude:0.330278; Longitude:32.578056).
The agency was created in 1997, by Act of Parliament. This followed the liberalization and privatization policies of Uganda's government, which ended its direct provision of goods and services and the adoption the role of supervisor and regulator.
The policy-setting organ of the seven-member Board of Directors, is chaired by Gaudioso Kabondo Tindamanyire. The four-person Senior Management Team is led by Hajj Kaddunabbi Ibrahim Lubega, the Chief Executive Officer, who also sits on the Board of Directors.
In July 2014, IRAOU directed that every insurer in the country should form separate companies dealing in (a) Life business (Life policies, Annuities etc.) and in (b) General business (Liability, Automobile, General risk etc.).The objective is to prevent a downturn in one type of business from spreading risk across the entire industry. Also, foreign insurance companies were instructed to have no more than two non-Ugandans in their top management, with one of the top two being Ugandan. That same regulation also requires at least half the members of the Board of Directors of each insurance company to reside inside Uganda. These measures are aimed at encouraging the development of local talent and capacity building within the industry. Businesses were given until 1 January 2015 to comply.
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