"I am pleased that ACE has been approved to conduct a life insurance business in Vietnam," said Evan Greenberg, President & Chief Executive Officer of ACE Limited. "Vietnam is a country with a bright and prosperous future, given the size of its population and industrious nature of its people. Vietnam is making great strides in its efforts to join the World Trade Organization, and accession would be a major step in insuring its place in the world economy. Our Vietnam operation is a milestone in our long-term strategy to build a life insurance presence in Asia."
ACE has maintained a representative office in Vietnam since 1996 and formally submitted its application to establish a life insurance company in August 2002. Over the past eight years, ACE has undertaken numerous activities in support of Vietnam, its economy, and its people in the areas of education, safety, culture, economy, and business.
"I would like to thank the Ministry of Finance and the Vietnamese Government for its support, and we look forward to officially launching our life insurance business in Vietnam in the near future," said Mr. Greenberg.
ACE INA, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the largest component of the ACE Group of Companies, a global leader in insurance and reinsurance serving a diverse group of clients. Headed by ACE Limited (NYSE: ACE), a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index, the ACE Group conducts its business on a worldwide basis with operating subsidiaries in approximately 50 countries. Additional information can be found at www.ace-ina.com.