ADDIS ABABA, The 4th Regional Social Security Forum for Africa began here Monday with a reminder from the International Social Security Association (ISSA) that political commitment, economic development and improved administration are needed to improve social security on the continent.
At the to the opening session, the ISSA presented a report identifying 10 global challenges for social security in Africa based on research, analyses and consultations with more than 50 government departments and social security institutions in Africa.
The report added that closing the coverage gap, higher public expectations, health and long-term care, and employment of young workers are among the top identified challenges for social security in Africa.
ISSA President Dr. Joachim Breuer said 50 per cent of the continent’s population did not have access to social security despite the presence of wonderful social security development activities in Africa.
He said the trend in Africa was on the right track and every country had realized that they need social security to attain sustainable economic growth.
There is the realization on the political leadership that without social security you will not have a free society, freedom and peace; so, everything you invest on social security is not only for people but also for the countries in total,” he stressed.
According to Breuer, the forum being hosted by Ethiopia is a good platform to send out the message to all political leaders that they are the ones who need to decide that it is time for investment in social security to make the glass full and not keep it half empty and half full.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK