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Dear friends,

It's easy to discuss risk. It's even easier to tell you where the protection gaps are.

But I'd rather spend my time – and yours – looking at how we can make Asia, your businesses, your livelihoods and your society more resilient. I'd encourage you to go through the Macroeconomic Resilience Index we've developed with the London School of Economics, and look at how we can minimize income and asset loss from shock events, society's ability to cope with shocks overall…then talk to us about it.

At the very heart of all of this are the people who call Asia home. Aging societies are slowing economies down, urbanization can cause bigger societal divides while trade disputes make outlooks uncertain and harder to call. These, along with the ever-present threat of natural catastrophes across the region have the ability to bring even the more resilient of societies to its knees.

But don't believe the doom and gloom merchants when they say it's all negative. Asia is growing. Our societies are more affluent, and integration is rapid. Innovation is everywhere, and insurance itself is morphing into solutions that are forward-looking, and reliant on future-ready technology.

What does this all mean? It means that everyone will need a little more help in navigating the future than they do today. And we're certain that the offer of help to absorb risk is different from offering the right-sized solution at the right time, and that's where we come in.

Join us at the Swiss Re suite at Level 3 of the Sands Expo and Convention Centre (Angsana Junior Room 3D/E/F), and we'd love to sit down and chat. We can tell you all about it, but we'd rather show you. Take one of our brochures, talk to our experts, and we'd be happy to show you the positive impact Swiss Re has made together with our partners, and will make to millions of people across Asia.

I look forward to seeing you at SIRC 2019.

Russell Higginbotham
CEO Reinsurance and                                                   
Regional President Asia