At the conclusion of five years of scientific studies in Paris (preparation for veterinary and pharmaceutical studies), Vincent George was appointed as authorized agent for GAN on 01/01/76 after taking over from his father on 01/09/75. He exercised the activities of GAN authorized agent and broker in the Champagne area, Metropolitan France, from 1976 to 1990 when he left France for French Polynesia.

Vincent George founded Poe-ma insurances in 1991 in French Polynesia where it is the first insurance broker to date. The main office is in Tahiti with other offices in Taravao and in the others main islands such as the Marquesas islands (Nuku Hiva & Hiva Oa).

In South Pacific area Poe-ma insurances is also present in New Caledonia and Wallis & Futuna.

Other subsidiaries offices have been opened in the Reunion Island (Indian Ocean), in Martinique (Caribbean), in Sète (France) in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and lately in Bangkok (Thailand) with the main objective of expanding marine insurance, aquaculture insurance and others special and technical risks insurance.

Poe-ma insurances’ history in French Polynesia
A passion for challenge, insuring the impossible!

The first challenge

In 1991, from nothing, Poe-ma insurances was created in French Polynesia by Vincent George, the son of an insurance general agent, himself a broker and insurance agent since 1976 in Metropolitan France.

The first ever “impossible” insurance

An insurance programme was worked out to cover pearl oysters, mother-of-pearl shells against abnormal death rates and natural events, those mother-of-pearl shells, mothers of the magnificent black pearls, objects of world envy and desire, treasures of the lagoons of French Polynesia, pure pearls or Poe-ma in Tahitian.

The vast Pacific area, an asset for Poe-ma insurances.

No place is as far away as Tahiti is! …

Distance and isolation have taught and made necessary for Poe-ma insurances to devise and develop its own solutions, and this created a habit and brought an experience in the building of personalized programmes, the drawing up of appropriate schedules, etc., ….
Maximum time difference has required of Poe-ma insurances to go into personal research and this wealth of  research, a source of knowledge and science, has become the Company’s most valuable asset …
Under the Tropics, no business is the same, imagination and innovation are the key, with no subjective or preconceived ideas; through such a constructive work of remaining in touch with its clients, Poe-ma insurances has been able to find the necessary solutions for durable investment projects.

We can only insure adequately what we know well

The assurance of benefiting from insurance coverage

Poe-ma insurances loves its job

Poe-ma insurances has a passion for its job and its clients’s job and this is why Poe-ma insurances is totally familiar with their requirements.

Total receptiveness, advice and service are indeed essential factors to promote an effective partnership between Poe-ma insurances and its clients. Finding the right insurance solution and setting up an appropriate programme is an on-going duty for Poe-ma insurances who feels that it is owed to the client.

The Pacific experience and other parts of the world

New horizons are opening up !

All islands are not as remote as Tahiti is but they all are very similar and have identical needs; this is why Poe-ma insurances aims at establishing further businesses in other parts of the world.

Tropical regions will remain Poe-ma insurances’ preferred area of activity owing to the Company’s thorough knowledge of climatic risks in this environment and capacity to provide adequate coverage.

Without the Companies’ trust, Poe-ma insurances would not be in business!

Mutual trust: an inexhaustible source of efficiency.

More than thirty carefully selected Insurance Companies throughout the world have placed their trust in Poe-ma insurances and distances have, in a privileged manner, brought the Poe-ma insurances staff and underwriters together to work effectively on a harmonious and friendly basis.


Poe-ma insurances, whilst involved in all classes of insurance, has developed a speciality in the tropical areas since almost 20 years now and is experienced in setting up “unusual” technical insurance products in various parts of the world.

Poe-ma insurances, has then the reputation of being specialized in the development of specific, tailored programmes covering technical and difficult risks with the primary growth strategy to focus on contributing to the long term development and prosperity of local Economy where Poe-ma insurances is implanted


Poe-ma insurances network consists of 11 branch offices spread over the world:
  • Poe-ma insurances SARL French Polynesia: South Pacific Ocean
  • Poe-ma insurances SARL New Caledonia: Eastern Pacific Ocean
  • Pacific Underwriting & Management Agency SARL (PUMA): Central Pacific Ocean
  • Poe-ma insurances Martinique: Caribean & French Guyana (In reorganization process)
  • Poe-ma insurances SARL France: Metropolitan France, St Pierre & Miquelon
  • Poe-ma insurances SARL La Reunion Island: Indian Ocean
  • Poe-ma Cambodia Co. Ltd.*: Cambodia
  • Poe-ma Services Co. Ltd.*: Thailand & Laos
  • Poe-ma Thai Insurance Broker Co. Ltd.* (PTIB): Thailand
  • Poe-ma Insurances Co. Ltd.(rep office)**: Myanmar
  • Poe-ma insurance Broker Co. Ltd.**: Vanuatu

* Start up in 2010, ** Setting up in 2012