Mariko Ouchi, Senior Social Protection Specialist at ILO Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, provided a detailed overview of functioning of the social protection assessment–based national dialogue, including its follow-up stage and the roles of the stakeholders.
The first national dialogue on social protection floors was organized last year by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development of Kyrgyzstan and the ILO Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as a first step towards bringing the national social protection system in line with the standards established by the ILO Convention No. 102 and Recommendation No. 202. In the run-up to the second national dialogue, the stakeholders have done a good work to develop the assessment matrix – an essential tool for the evaluation of the social protection system.
The main goal of the Second social protection assessment–based national dialogue was to finalize the assessment matrix and develop priority directions for the social protection. That said, the significance of the national dialogue is greater than its pragmatic targets. Of great importance is the fact that it has formed the basis for a full-fledged interaction between the state, non-governmental organizations, trade unions and employers in pursuing the common goal of creation of social protection for all.
The next meeting in the framework of the national dialogue on social protection in Kyrgyzstan, which will consider the final version of the report on the priorities of social protection system in the country, will be held at the end of the year.