Thursday, 28 January 2010

Social security body for Mwanza meeting

From IPPMedia, Dar es Salaam
By The Guardian Reporter

The East and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA) is set to hold a second meeting in Mwanza Region by the end of this month.

A statement issued yesterday in Dar es Salaam said the meeting is to discuss pertinent issues on leadership and social security governance in Tanzania.

The meeting would bring together various stakeholders and social security policymakers to discuss and find solutions to issues and challenges that the sector faces.

The meeting is expected to gather 150 participants from eight countries and 45 institutes.

“Ministers responsible for social security from member countries, permanent secretaries and board members from social security institutions, chief executives and senior officers are expected to participate,” it said.

It said the theme of the meeting is “social security governance”, adding that some of the agenda items to be discussed include issues of leadership and social security governance, portability of benefits, microeconomic impact of social security and social protection floor.

The first meeting was held in Mombasa, Kenya in November 2008 which decided on the importance of having a department to deal with social security matters in the East African community, social security leadership and expansion of social security issues.

ECASSA was established in Kigali, Rwanda, on March 31, 2007 after 15 heads of social security institutions signed an agreement to establish the association.

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