The Insurance Industry in Uruguay, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2017

Date: 2015-09

Unlike most Latin American countries, Uruguay was able to avoid recession during 2008โ€“2009, with GDP rising by 2.9% in 2009. The gross written premium of the insurance industry registered a CAGR of 18.9% to value UYU21.6 billion (US$1.1 billion) in 2012. The penetration rate of the industry also rose, from 1.7% in 2008 to 2.2% in 2012. The industry is very competitive, and since its liberalization in 1993 the number of private insurance companies has increased; there were 16 insurers operating in the insurance industry in 2012. Nonetheless, state-owned insurer Banco de Seguros del Estado (BSE) continued to lead the industry with a 69.3% share of gross written premium in 2012.


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