Social Protection Conference in July

THE Social Security Commission (SSC) will hold the first ever Namibia social protection conference in the capital next month to discuss social protection in the country.

The three-day conference is scheduled to take place from 7 to 9 July at a local hotel under the theme ‘Towards Comprehensive Social Protection For All’.

Speaking at the official announcement of the conference, SSC manager for communication and marketing Rino Muranda said the key objective of the conference is to disseminate important information on achievements in the area of social protection in Namibia, and deliberate on crucial areas of dynamic and comprehensive social protection, in the light of increased global interest and momentum in this area.

“It is expected that the conferences, which are to take place on a biannual basis, will raise the profit of social protection in Namibia, through raising awareness on what it is and what it attempts to achieve,” he said.

The ultimate desire is to have a social protection feature prominently in Namibia’s long term development plans as a formidable intervention for tackling inequality, social exclusion and poverty.

Social security in Namibia provides earnings replacement due to contingencies arising from maternity leave, sick leave, death, work related disabilities, injuries and loss of employment.

He said the conference will feature presentations by the SSC government ministries, offices and agencies employers’ federations trade unions United Nations agencies, and academic institutions, among others.

Presentations will explore the ‘Journey of 20 years of the SSC’ as the commission is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the SSC under the Social Security Act No. 34 of 1994.

Muranda said other topics include the global development and innovations in social protection social protection within the African context Namibia social protection landscape the benefits of delivering efficient social protection services reviewing lessons learned, and charting the way forward for Namibia.

He added that the conference is expected to bring together about 250 key stakeholders, academics, experts and decision makers within the social protection arena to deliberate on future prospects in the context of global development, with the aim of strengthening the social protection system.

Attendance will be strictly by invitation, and participants will be issued with unique code numbers to register online as from 18 June this year. – Nampa

Source : The Namibian