Rapid legal review of Compliance by Kyrgyzstan with the ILO Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention (No. 102)

Over 40 participants representing the Government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, expert community participated in technical discussions in Bishkek titled: “Results of a rapid legal review for compliance of national legislation with the ILO Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, No. 102”.

News | 27 September 2022
The main objective of the technical discussion was to present Convention No.102 as a reference point for design of national social security legislation and policies. The review covered all parts of Convention No.102 and specified which elements of the national legislation are in conformity with Conventions’ provisions. It also identified gaps and step-by-step options for progressive alignment with Convention No.102. The technical meeting was arranged under the RBSA Project “Transition from Informal to Formal economy”.

Rysgul Babaeva, Deputy Chair of the Federation of Trade Unions of Kyrgyzstan highlighted that “Convention No.102 is the only international instrument that establishes worldwide-agreed qualitative and quantitative minimum standards for all nine branches of social security, namely: medical care; sickness benefit; unemployment benefit; old-age benefit; employment injury benefit; family benefit; maternity benefit;  invalidity benefit; and survivors’ benefit”.

In her presentation Ursula Kulke, Senior Social protection specialist, ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) noted that “Convention No.102 sets minimum standards for the nine branches of social security: minimum percentage of personal coverage; minimum level of benefits, maximum qualifying period for the entitlement to benefits; minimum duration of benefits”.
 
According to Kalygul Saliev, Legal advisor of Business-association JIA, “it is important that legal review report will be discussed with the tripartite constituents as effective social dialogue will ensure participation in the policy-making process of the people most directly concerned. The involvement of the social partners helps ensuring that social protection policies are legitimate, fair and adapted to the real needs and priorities of workers and employers”.

The analysis results were validated through group work, when the participants reviewed the rapid legal analysis results in more detail an provided their comments. In particular, they mentioned the need to align the national legislation with international standards listed in Convention No. 102 and to further examine compliance with quantitative benchmarks.

Jasmina Papa, Social Protection Specialist, ILO Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, noted that “the findings of this analysis can be incorporated into the national social protection strategy that is being drafted under the leadership of the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Migration with participation of line ministries, social partners and civil society”.