Non-life insurance revenue reached 8.24 trillion VND (429.21 million USD) in the first six months of this year, according to the Association of Vietnamese Insurers.

The increase represents a 28 percent rise over the first half of last year.

All types of insurance saw growth in the first half of the year, with fire and explosion coverage reaching 723 billion VND (37.65 million USD), up 125 percent over the same period last year. Agricultural insurance followed with a surge of 109 percent and construction insurance increased by 68 percent.

PetroVietnam Insurance Joint Stock Corp earned the most in non-life insurance premiums during the period with 1.97 billion VND (102.86 million USD) in revenue, followed by Bao Viet Insurance Corp, Bao Minh Insurance Corp, Petrolimex Joint Stock Insurance Co (PJICO) and Post-Telecommunication Joint Stock Insurance Co (PTI).

In addition to insurance, the insurers also offered many other products and services in the first half of the year.

BIDV Insurance Co (BIC) promoted its bancassurance products in co-operation with the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) with nearly 30 billion VND (1.56 million USD) in revenue in the first six months of this year, making up 14 percent of the company's total revenue.

Pham Quang Tung, BIC's general director, said that "diversifying products and expanding our network with other banks is expected to help us develop bancassurance products."

In a phone interview, Phung Dac Loc, secretary general of the Association of Vietnamese Insurers said: "Strengthening our products also creates faith among our customers. Focusing on potential markets as well as developing product distribution channels through banks and post helps us save money and raise the effects of our trade activities."

Loc predicted that life and non-life insurance revenues would rise to 20 percent and 33 percent respectively in the final six months of the year.

The Ministry of Finance has recently given its approval in principle to two new companies, both from Taiwan : Cathay Insurance Vietnam and the life insurance firm Fubon Vietnam . The Cathay and Fubon brands will begin to offer both life and non-life insurance services to add to their services./.