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

Career Opportunities

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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

August 20, 2021

PCRIC Internship Garners Interest from University Students

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) has launched an extensive internship program in cooperation with the University of the South Pacific. The programme is designed to provide capacity building, training and research opportunities pertaining to ‘Disaster Risk Financing’ in order to strengthen future generations of Pacific Island countries.
August 11, 2021

PCRIC Enhances its Visibility at Climate Justice Summit 2021

CEO, ‘Aholotu Palu, attended the Pacific Climate Justice Summit 2021, on behalf of PCRIC to gain greater exposure for the company and its regional initiatives. A […]
July 30, 2021

PCRIC Recognised with Formal and Ongoing ‘Observer Status’ at FEMM21

The Forum Economic Ministers Meeting is a big deal to PCRIC. Held under PIFS auspices, FEMM is where the region’s Ministers of Finance, some extremely important […]
July 30, 2021

PCRIC Progress Report: Q1 2021 is Released

The quarterly progress report has been released and is now available for download. The ‘Report’ includes a foreword by CEO Aholotu Palu with PCRIC sections addressing […]
July 13, 2021

CEO’s Address to FEMM 21

PCRIC exists today because of the visionary thinking, decisiveness and affirmation displayed by Ministers who attended the FEMM in 2015 – and decided to launch PCRIC in 2016 in the Cook Islands as the most relevant and beneficial company to serve our island nations.
June 15, 2021

PCRIC First Interns are Announced

More than twenty five (25) students from around the Pacific Islands have been announced as the inaugural class of interns to receive PCRIC training and skills […]

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