Remarks from the Secretary General, ECASSA
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