Tanzania to host an International Conference on social protection for equitable growth

The ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Africa, Aeneas Chapinga Chuma is attending a three-day international conference on Social Protection focused on “Building Effective and Sustainable Systems for Equitable Growth” to be held from 15-17 December 2014 in Arusha, Tanzania.

Press release | 15 December 2014
ARUSHA (ILO News) – Policy-makers, researchers and practitioners involved in the planning, design, and implementation of social protection programmes and systems will gather in Arusha to examine perspectives and policies to encourage South-South talks for innovative knowledge and best practices.

The Arusha Conference - to be officially chaired by H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania – will use this interactive platform to support Tanzania’s ongoing efforts in designing policies and programmes for assisting the poor and vulnerable, including women, youth, elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Aeneas Chuma, ILO Regional Director for Africa, will be among key panellists including the Tanzanian Minister of Labour and Employment, Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Finance), Alvaro Rodrigues, United Nations Resident Coordinator; Alex Yuster, UNICEF Associate Director; Alexio Musindo, ILO Director for East-Africa; Jama Gulaid, UNICEF Country Representative, Maria Berlekom, SIDA Head of Cooperation.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is assisting all African countries adopt coherent national social security strategies, including for the introduction or extension of a basic social security package that includes essential health care, child support for school age children and a minimum pension.

The meeting will bring together key experts from Kenya, Uganda, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zambia, South Sudan and Tanzania.

Tanzania will present a draft of its ‘National Social Protection Framework’ by its Permanent secretary-Treasury, Ministry of Finance Dr. Servacius Likwelile, for feedback from the international experts present at the Conference.

The Arusha Conference will adopt a policy consensus document in social protection for guiding Tanzania’s ongoing efforts in setting up a comprehensive social protection system for the poor and vulnerable.

The conference is hosted by the Poverty Eradication Department in the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Tanzania, with support of UNICEF, ILO and the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) and other development partners that are actively involved in the social protection area within the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP)’s Delivering as One.