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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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

November 21, 2022

Ground-breaking MOU signed at COP27 sees global risk pools join forces to raise visibility and influence

Strengthening the reach and impact of the world’s risk pools is the key objective of a Memorandum of Understanding between African Risk Capacity Limited (ARC Ltd.), CCRIF SPC (formerly The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) and Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) signed on the sidelines of COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.
November 12, 2022

PCRIC’s Legal Advisor Speaks at International Bar Association Annual Conference

Recently, the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) International Legal Advisor – Secretariat, Dr. Timothy Nielander, presented at the International Bar Association (IBA) annual conference in Miami with around 5,000 lawyers in attendance from across Africa and the world attending with over 200+ working sessions.
November 11, 2022

PCRIC Invited to Cook Islands’ Hosted Leaders Event at COP27

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) CEO Mr. Aholotu Palu was cordially invited to the Cook Islands’ COP27 high-level event at the Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion hosted by the Prime Minister Hon. Mark Brown.
November 11, 2022

PCRIC Offers Innovative Disaster Risk Finance Solutions at COP27

Settling in well at the Sharm El Sheikh International Convention Centre, Egypt, the CEO of the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC), Mr. Aholotu Palu’s first official engagement at COP27 was the attendance of a panel discussion guided by the theme, ‘Disaster risk finance for extreme weather in Small Island Developing States: linking anticipatory action, rapid response and debt restructuring.’
November 5, 2022

PCRIC Engages in Fruitful Session with the Tongan Finance Minister

Last week, the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) team along with Dr. Simon Young, co-head of the Disaster Risk Finance and Parametrics team in the Climate and Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson (WTW), paid a courtesy call to Tonga’s newly appointed Finance Minister, Hon. Tiofilusi Tiueti. Also in attendance was the Deputy CEO of the Ministry, Ms. Saane Lolo.
November 5, 2022

PCRIC Meets with Tonga’s NEMO Team and Stakeholders

Last week, at the request of the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) and on behalf of the Kingdom of Tonga, the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) convened a group of stakeholders to consult regarding the parametric drought insurance product which is being developed by PCRIC with the support of the global risk advisory company, Willis Towers Watson (WTW).

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