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ILO’s ACTION/Portugal Project Holds Technical Training Course

The International Labour Organization (ILO) organized through the ACTION/Portugal project, during the first week of December 2020, the third consecutive annual edition of the technical training course on “Social Protection and Statistics” for African Portuguese-speaking countries (PALOP)

News | Lusaka | 22 January 2021
The International Labour Organization (ILO) organized through the ACTION/Portugal project, during the first week of December 2020, the third consecutive annual edition of the technical training course on “Social Protection and Statistics” for African Portuguese-speaking countries (PALOP).

Given the travelling restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the technical training was held virtually. Attended by 63 participants from various institutions dealing with Social Protection at the PALOP level, who work directly with data linked to the area of Social Protection, such as National Institute of Statistics, Ministry of Finance and National Institute of Social Security.

The course aimed to ensure a greater integration of PALOP's Social Protection statistical information systems, in order to contribute to increasing the information content, especially in areas with deficits, such as Gender. Additionally, the training aimed at improving the quality of information of Social Protection systems to provide useful information in terms of results, thereby contributing to ongoing reforms in the Social Protection systems in PALOP countries by promoting evidence-based decision aimed at extending Social Protection coverage in their respective countries.

During the opening ceremony of the five-day training course, the General Director of the Strategy and Planning Office at the Ministry of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal emphasized the need for reliable and robust statistical data in strengthening national Social Protection systems.
It is expected with this course will enhance the capacity of the actors involved in the context of Social Protection to effectively monitor Social Protection indicators; establish the bases for the creation of comprehensive and integrated Social Protection statistical systems; and that the training course will also allow the sharing of needs, constraints and experiences in general among PALOP countries, promoting thanks to ILO a model of mutual learning, said the General Director.

During the course, Mozambican delegation, composed by National Institute of Social Security (INSS), National Institute of Social Action (INAS), Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action (MGCAS), National Institute for Social Previdence (INPS), National Institute of Statistics (INE) and Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MITSS) shared their experiences regarding the progress the country has made in producing reliable, regular and robust statistical data on Social Protection, showcasing the widely recognized publication of the first (2019 ) and second (2020 ) national Social Protection Statistical Bulletin of Mozambique.

The ILO Maputo Project Office’s Social Protection team plans to continue supporting stakeholders in the preparation of the third (2021) and subsequent annual Social Protection Statistical Bulletins.