Eastern Insurance Co. Ltd. is one of the pioneer in general insurance business operating in the private sector of Bangladesh. The Company started its operation in the year 1986. The authorized capital of the company is Tk.100,00,00,000.00 and paid up capital is Tk.43,11,01,440.00 It is a limited Company and listed with DSE & CSE in the year 1994 and 1996 respectively. The Company has a network of 25 Branches all over the country covering all important business centers of the country.
Historical Background :
After Liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 Bank and Insurance Companies were nationalized along with other sectors like Jute and Textile to give a socialistic flavors to the economy of the newly emerged nation which was electoral pledge of the then ruling Government. But with the changed global economic situation, Bangladesh Government decided to follow an open market economy right from the early eighties. Until 1986 both life and general insurance business were carried out in the Country by two state owned Corporations Jiban Bima Corporation and Sadharan Bima Corporation respectively. The beginning of 1986 witnessed emergence of a few Life and General Insurance Companies under Private Sector after passing of Insurance Amendment Act 1983 in 3rd Parliament of the Country.
Eastern Insurance Co. Ltd. is one of the first 10 Public Ltd. Companies, started operation in the year 1986 under the license of the Controller of Insurance. The Company is authorized to transact all classes of general insurance business. Since its emergence in 1986, the Company has earned wide reputation in the market for its strict adherence to business norms & ethics of insurance, personalized customer service and prompt and speedy disposal of claims. Now the name itself carries value to its customers. The experience gathered during the last 34 years of its operation and reputation earned gives a new dimension to its service rendered to its customer and it is now truly “a Symbol of Comprehensive Security” a slogan introduced by the Company right at the time of its birth.
The Company has a very smart and efficient Management team to run the affairs of the Company. Members of the team have long experience and expertise in the relevant fields of insurance and enjoy reputation in the whole market of insurance.
The Company operates its business through a net work 25 Branches all over the Country. These branches can directly underwrite all classes of business under guidance and supervision of Head Office. In addition there is a special booth at Head Office to meet any emergency requirement of any client or to take care of any special or exceptional risk coverage as may require by any client. The business operation of the branches are monitored and controlled by Head Office through Underwriting Department. While claims are directly handled by Claims Department of Head Office as a centralized process and practiced all over the world. The Company is authorized to transact all classes of Non life insurance business with un-restricted limits having a very wide range of re-insurance coverage. Currently the Company provides various risk coverage at a very competitive premium rates within the tariff provisions in force.
The Company has an extensive Re-Insurance Treaty arrangement with SBC for all classes of business. Re-Insurers provide technical assistance for assuming risks, developing rates and fixing up terms and conditions in case of non-tariff business. Our Government has permitted all Non life Insurance Companies for making reinsurance cessions with Foreign Reinsures up to their 50% portfolios. The Company is now capable to underwrite any high valued risk with the assistance of our local and overseas Re-Insurers.
The Company has also diversified its business with a view to ensure participation in other field of national economy besides insurance business. It has become a member of Chittagong Stock Exchange in the year 1996 and as per BSEC’s notification has formed a Subsidiary Company namely EIC Securities Ltd. to deal share trading related business. The Company has invested a substantial amount of its fund in land and share market. It is also a sponsor shareholder of National Housing Finance and Investment Ltd. It has a plan for a both long and short term investment in other sectors of business and industry.
The Company has been rated as grade AAA (pronounced as Triple “A”) by the Government approved Credit Rating Agency (CRISL) based on its premium collection, core services, financial strength and expeditious settlement of claims.