Singapore’s first bilingual digital insurance broker launches

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GINA.sg, an English-Chinese bilingual WhatsApp chatbot has been launched by Singaporean financial technology start-up Pand.ai.

Pand.ai said that GINA.sg is the first bilingual digital broker in the Singaporean market, which will help motorists purchase motor insurance from three major insurers: Allianz, Etiqa and MSIG. It operates under the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Fintech Sandbox programme.

According to Pand.ai CEO Chuang Shin Wee, GINA.sg will allow car owners to receive multiple quotes from different insurance companies instantly through WhatsApp and in a language that they prefer.

“Traditional online aggregators typically do not provide personalised quotes that are essential for

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AGCS predicts what lies ahead for the global construction industry

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Another recent study by Marsh and Guy Carpenter, “Future of Construction: A Global Forecast for Construction to 2030,” also saw that the global construction industry remained resilient during the pandemic and predicts that that global construction output will grow by 42%, or US$4.5 trillion, between 2020 and 2030, mainly due to government stimuli and the demand for residential construction.

AGCS’s study claimed that government spending on infrastructure and the transition to a net-zero society could be the key to helping the construction market thrive post-pandemic, noting that shifting to electric transport will require investment in new plants and battery manufacturing

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Asian insurtech bolttech names chief financial officer

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Singapore-headquartered bolttech has appointed Romaney O’Malley (pictured above) as group chief financial officer, based in the UK. She will assume the role in February, succeeding the retiring Craig Merdian.

O’Malley will be responsible for leading the bolttech group’s financial strategy and management of its businesses and operations in 26 markets across three continents. She will report to Rob Schimek, group CEO, and will be part of the executive committee.

O’Malley will join bolttech from AIG in the UK, where she was most recently chief financial officer and a board member. She previously worked at major insurance firms such

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Manulife names financial industry veteran to board of directors

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Manulife has named financial industry veteran May Tan (pictured) to its board of directors.

She will commence her role on December 01, joining the insurance giant’s management resources and compensation, and risk committees.

Tan boasts more than 30 years of experience in corporate finance, banking, and capital markets in Asia. She has held several leadership roles global banking behemoth Standard Chartered, including as chief executive officer in Hong Kong.

“May’s extensive leadership experience in financial services and her deep knowledge of the industry in Asia will be extremely valuable in supporting the effective oversight of Manulife’s strategy and

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