09:31 | 08/01/2018 Society
(VEN) - The Vietnam Social Security (VSS) agency hosted the first ever development partnership conference in Hanoi on November 30, aiming to consult with foreign donors and partners on the social security sector’s development goals and orientations and to examine further cooperation possibilities. Dozens of representatives of foreign donors took part in the event.
VSS General Director Nguyen Thi Minh gave an overview of developments, Vietnam was accelerating development of the roadmap for effective implementation of social security and health insurance policies. The country targets social security coverage for about 50 percent of the labor force, unemployment insurance for 35 percent of the labor force and health insurance for 90 percent of the population. It also wants to build a highly efficient modern and professional social security system to meet the requirements of industrialization, modernization and international economic integration.
Since its inception 22 years ago, the number of people participating in social security schemes increased from 2.2 million in 1995 to nearly 80 million people in 2017.
However, Minh also spoke of the difficulties and shortcomings facing the social security sector, such as the low participation rate in social security schemes by informal labor sector workers, and complex administrative procedures. These difficulties have affected the social security sector’s development goals and orientations, he said.
To deal with its challenges, Vietnam needs assistance and consultation from international partners on the social security sector’s development goals and orientations.
At the event, the VSS proposed using development assistance capital during the 2018-2020 period in the implementation of social security and health insurance policies; information technology development; and administrative procedure reforms.
At the event, representatives of the World Bank (WB), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also made proposals to help Vietnam attain these goals.
Nozomi Iwama, senior representative of the JICA, said that JICA is exploring the possibility of supporting health finance for the VSS.
The two agencies started their cooperation on strengthening health insurance in October, she added.
Vietnam Social Security also announced the launch of an English language version of its e-portal to enable an information channel with the international community.