This year marks a very significant milestone to AIA as it celebrates its 100th anniversary as the leading insurance provider across Asia. To kick off the year-long revelries, AIA (Cambodia) Life Insurance Plc., led the glorious centennial anniversary last Saturday.
The five-star Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel was painted red when 4,000 of AIA (Cambodia) staff, customers, business partners, agents and panels flocked the venue to join in on the merriment, while donning the company’s signature colour.
The fun-filled celebration, which began as early as 9 am with a yoga session, was meant to showcase the company’s gratitude to the all parties that allowed AIA to enter its 100th year of existence worldwide.
“It is all about the people – the people that made AIA 100 years young,” AIA Group Regional Chief Officer Jacky Chan said before flagging off the 1-km run by a team of AIA100 Champions.
“Today is not just about looking back on our achievements but we must also see what we can and should do for people in the country. We want to make a difference – a healthier, better, longer life for all.”
AIA’s story began in 1919 when American entrepreneur Cornelius Vander Starr started an insurance business which laid the foundation of today’s AIA Group. Today, AIA has become the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group.
With 18 markets on the current global platform, Cambodia was chosen to kick-start the giant company’s centennial celebrations as it is the group’s youngest market, with less than two years of existence in the Kingdom.
The event also introduced the AIA Centennial Baton, an insignia which celebrates AIA’s past by featuring a design of its very first Life Policy and which also incorporates modern-day distance-tracking technology.
The baton will travel across all of AIA markets before making its way back to Shanghai where the story began, and finishing its journey in Hong Kong, home of the AIA Group. After Cambodia, the baton will then be passed to AIA India.
AIA Cambodia CEO Richard Bates said, “We are proud to be the first AIA market celebrating an important milestone in the history of the AIA Group, a 100-year journey that has impacted millions of lives for the better.”
Bates also made a special announcement for the football-loving country.
“We will provide 100 schools across Cambodia with equipment to enhance their football fields and help instil a love of sport and healthy living in the next generation,” he said, as cheers erupted.
Through this new initiative, 100 primary schools across the country will be equipped with 2 goal posts, 4 A-boards, 10 footballs, 30 bibs and 40 cones. Primary schools can apply and learn more about the programme on AIA Cambodia’s official Facebook page.