Re­marks from the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, ECASSA

The East African - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

SINCE its es­tab­lish­ment in March 2007, the East and Cen­tral Africa So­cial Se­cu­rity As­so­ci­a­tion (ECASSA) has fa­cil­i­tated a num­ber of con­fer­ences or­ga­nized for pol­icy mak­ers, de­signed then de­liv­ered spe­cific train­ings and ca­pac­ity build­ing train­ing for its mem­bers and pol­icy mak­ers. The As­so­ci­a­tion also lob­bied for so­cial se­cu­rity pol­icy change in part­ner­ship with in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and re­gional bod­ies in­clud­ing the ILO, ISSA, EAC and Euro­pean Union just to men­tion a few in pro­mot­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity development in the East­ern and Cen­tral African re­gion. De­liv­er­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity to the peo­ple in this re­gion re­mains the pri­mary fo­cus of ECASSA and its mem­bers. The As­so­ci­a­tion con­tin­ues to fos­ter co­op­er­a­tion and pro­vide a plat­form for its mem­bers and pol­icy mak­ers in the re­gion as to ad­dress so­cial se­cu­rity chal­lenges and seek bet­ter ways to pro­mote so­cial se­cu­rity development. In spite of th­ese con­certed ef­forts, the re­gion’s so­cial se­cu­rity land­scape is still fac­ing a myr­iad of chal­lenges which re­quire con­certed ef­fort s from key ac­tors. Apart from frag­mented pol­icy en­vi­ron­ment, in­ad­e­quate or lim­ited ben­e­fits, fi­nanc­ing con­straints and porta­bil­ity of ben­e­fit is­sues; low cov­er­age re­mains a ma­jor chal­lenge in the re­gion. The in­for­mal sec­tor which forms a large seg­ment of the la­bor force re­mains out­side the reach of so­cial se­cu­rity and are not cov­ered by any other forms of so­cial pro­tec­tion. Nev­er­the­less, great strides have been made in shap­ing the re­gion’s so­cial se­cu­rity sys­tems. It is worth not­ing that |ECASSA mem­ber states are at dif­fer­ent stages of cre­at­ing com­pre­hen­sive and in­clu­sive so­cial se­cu­rity sys­tems. Although some are fur­ther along this jour­ney than oth­ers, most of the mem­ber states have in­tro­duced some form of so­cial pro­tec­tion or have So­cial Se­cu­rity as a strate­gic pri­or­ity Ex­tend­ing and en­sur­ing ad­e­quate lev­els of so­cial se­cu­rity re­mains a con­tin­u­ally evolv­ing process. Cog­nizant of this fact, ECASSA com­mits to con­tinue fos­ter­ing co­op­er­a­tion and pro­mot­ing pol­icy in­ter­ven­tions and ca­pac­ity build­ing ini­tia­tives that ac­count for the re­gions’ pri­or­i­ties and ad­dresses their unique chal­lenges. Most im­por­tantly as well are the key pri­or­i­ties and strate­gic ob­jec­tives that will be im­ple­mented to ex­pand so­cial se­cu­rity cov­er­age, im­prove ad­e­quacy of ben­e­fits and achieve in­clu­sive growth tak­ing into ac­count the unique con­text of its mem­bers.

Dr Fred­eric Nti­marubusa, ECASSA Sec­re­tary Gen­eral

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kenya

© PressReader. All rights reserved.