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MetLife, Inc. - Analyst/Investor Day

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Michel Khalaf discussed our emerging market strategy, not only for his business in EMEA, but on behalf of the entire organization. And I would just like to add my support to that, but I think we've got a wonderful opportunity in the emerging markets in this part of the world, obviously, China being front and center of that, but also in a number of the other markets which we'll talk a bit about later, where we don't currently have an operation.

And then finally, we talked about driving customer centricity and creating a global brand, and you're going to hear a lot more from this -- about this from Bill with regards to Japan and Jong for Korea, and I really believe that this is very much one of the keys to success in this part of the world.

So turning to the next slide, let me just start to articulate some of the macro -- or the macro changes we're seeing within the region. So first and foremost, we're continually seeing governments shifting a lot of the social welfare burden on to individuals. We're seeing an aging population, which are more and more in need of health solutions. And obviously, a growing middle class in emerging markets and again, China is front and center of that, which means protection products. So the good thing for us about all 3 of those broad dynamics is that it plays into our current capabilities and our skill set that we have in the region and all can create value for us longer-term.

So our strategy to take advantage of those developing opportunities, really, is to grow our accident and health solutions in the region, and to the really leverage our multichannel distribution network with -- as the newcomer coming into the organization, I really believe that the strength of ours is something, which sets us apart from our peers.

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