For the times when citizens expect and need the most

An Introduction to PCRIC

PCRIC is owned for the benefit of the island nations of the Pacific and is a specialist provider of disaster risk finance services and solutions to the region.

We deliver a program of support built on leading-edge technical assistance, targeted collaborations, and innovative product options. Our mission is to help nations better prepare, structure and manage finances to foster disaster resilience and ensure rapid access to funds when they are needed most.

THE PROBLEM

PICs are highly exposed to adverse natural events, including tropical cyclones, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis which can result in disasters affecting their entire economic, human, and physical environment.

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Samoa 2009 Tsunami

192 people killed
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Samoa 2011 TC Wilma

68 houses damaged/destroyed
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Solomon Islands 2014 Floods

50,000 people affected
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Vanuatu 2015 TC Pam

95% of crops damaged/lost
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Fiji 2016 TC Winston

62% of the population affected
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Tonga 2018 TC Gita

50% of the population affected
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Fiji 2020 TC Harold

180,000+ people affected
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Fiji 2020 TC Yasa

93,000 people affected

To date, four payouts have been made for an aggregate amount of more than US$11 million. Two were made under PCRAFI (TC Ian, 2014, Tonga, $1.27m & TC Pam, 2015, Vanuatu, $1.9m) The other half were made by PCRIC (TC Gita, 2018, Tonga, $3.5m & TC Harold, 2020, Tonga, $4.5m) These payouts, all received immediately post-disaster(s), were the first financial injections of emergency funds made into each country.

WHY POOL TOGETHER?

Sitting by yourself, you are possibly uninsurable, or presented with premiums that are essentially unaffordable.

Pooling your risks together, you can get quality protection at affordable rates.

When disaster strikes, now you are able to recover quickly and efficiently.

Insurers need significant enough exposures in order to increase the predictability of the risks and payouts. This stability is very beneficial and opens up access to favourable insurance protection for smaller island nations.

As more countries join the pool, we can achieve greater economies of scale, and provide pricing benefits through this cooperation

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A special thanks to our partners

Testimonials

(sourced from the PCRAFI Program Phase II Furthering Disaster Risk Finance in the Pacific)

  • Honorable Pohiva Tu’ionetoa
    “The insurance payout from PCRIC has substantially improved our financial capacity to respond swiftly to the most pressing needs of those affected by the cyclone.”    
    Honorable Pohiva Tu’ionetoa
    Former Tonga Prime Minister
  • Honorable Gaetan Pikioune
    “In the Pacific, we are extremely vulnerable to natural disasters. The PCRAFI Facility will enable us to receive fast cash injections for emergency response and to sustain essential services in times of crisis. Following the devastation Cyclone Pam wreaked on Vanuatu in 2015, we are acutely aware of the value insurance programs like this bring in supporting our ability to respond quickly to disasters.”
    Honorable Gaetan Pikioune
    Former Minister of Finance and Economic Management, Vanuatu
  • Michel Kerf
    “The PCRAFI Program is just one example of multiple governments and development partners working together to deliver a program that will deliver real benefits for the people of the Pacific. The World Bank looks forward to working with partners to continue supporting the development of new insurance products that will meet the specific needs of more Pacific Island Countries.”  
    Michel Kerf
    Former Country Director for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, World Bank Group
  • Colin Tukuitonga
    “We are happy to be supporting the PCRAFI Program to assist countries in using PacRIS – a regional database of hazard and exposure data. Quality data is essential in multiple sectors, including disaster risk management, infrastructure design and in stimulating domestic insurance markets.”
    Colin Tukuitonga
    Former Director-General, Pacific Community
  • Dame Meg Taylor
    “This evolution of PCRAFI is a major advancement in the region to mitigate against the financial impacts caused by extreme climate, weather related and geological hazards. Countries have full ownership of the PCRAFI Facility, putting finance ministers in the driving seat for product development and for designing financial instruments that fit national disaster risk financing strategies.”
    Dame Meg Taylor
    Former Secretary-General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
  • Honorable Mark Brown
    “The establishment of the PCRAFI Facility marks a real development within the region, with Pacific Island Countries taking full ownership of the disaster and climate risk finance agenda. The PCRAFI Facility is owned by the countries and has brought in significant donor funds from Germany, Japan, UK and US, which will remain as partners in the region to support this agenda going forward.”
    Honorable Mark Brown
    Cook Islands Prime Minister
  • Brenda Ann Williams
    “It’s great that such an organization like PCRIC exists to support Pacific Island nations rebuild after a natural disaster through their quick insurance payouts.”  
    Brenda Ann Williams
    PCRIC Intern
  • Ratu Mosese Vamarasi Volavola
    “PCRIC acts as a multifaceted support system for the Pacific, especially in assisting governments and their people stay resilient.”  
    Ratu Mosese Vamarasi Volavola
    PCRIC Intern
  • Freimie Tina Toata
    “As a PCRIC intern, I’m glad to be associated with an entity that truly has the needs of the Pacific region at heart.”  
    Freimie Tina Toata
    PCRIC Intern

NEWS

January 23, 2023

PCRIC Invited to Present on its Services

While in Tonga, the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) CEO, Mr. Aholotu Palu, was cordially invited by the Senior Development Programme Coordinator of the New Zealand High Commission, Nuku'alofa, Tonga to provide a brief presentation on its role in the Pacific region as a risk pool.
January 9, 2023

Risk insurance team meets with PM Brown

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) management team recently visited the Cook Islands for the first time to hold a series of high-level meetings with relevant authorities including the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mark Brown.
January 9, 2023

PCRIC Welcomes Fiji’s New Minister of Finance

As Fiji ushered in its coalition government, the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) team offer its felicitations to the newly appointed Fiji Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics, Hon. Professor Biman Chand Prasad.
January 9, 2023

PCRIC Congratulates Fiji’s Newly Elected Prime Minister

It is with great pleasure that the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) Board Directors and Management team extend their heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka, Fiji's newly elected Prime Minister.
January 9, 2023

PCRIC Looks Forward to Continually Serving the Region in 2023

As one year ends and another begins, the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) team stands ready to continue its mandate as bestowed by the Forum Economic Leaders to serve Pacific Island countries in offering financial protection against disasters.
December 12, 2022

Drought Consultations Continue to the RMI for PCRIC and WTW 

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) and Willis Towers Watson (WTW) mission team journeyed on to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to continue their drought consultations.

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