Angola: Parliament Debates Social Protection System

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The 8th Commission of the National Assembly promoted on Monday in Luanda, a Roundtable on the Current State of the Social Security in Angola, aiming at gathering opinions to better inspect, protect and insert the workers in the Social Protection System.

The meeting, whose opening remarks were delivered by the second deputy speaker of the Parliament, Joana Lina, was attended by social partners, leaders of trade unions, business associations and NGOs.

During the event, the participants reflected on the organisational structure and management of the National Policy for Social Protection and presented suggestions for a sustained and efficient social security.

Addressing the event, Joana Lina said that the holding of the activity in the parliament is a moral duty of the one who believed in the urgency of establishing a social protection policy.

According to her, the background of the country in matters of social protection is worthy of reference because Angola inherited it from the colonial regime that is a highly selective system.

She explained that the system was fundamentally destined for civil servants, in a time that it was recorded the emergence of Social Security pension schemes.

The MP recalled that from 1975 to 2002, it was developed a vision of expanding the system both at personal and social security scope, including self-employed workers under the material protection to the eventualities of maternity, death and funeral, among others.

"The right to maternity leave by all women workers, death and funeral allowance, as well as the generalized family bonus are dated back to the year 1978", reminded Joana Lina.

She added that the progresses achieved in these fields enabled the institutionalisation in 1990 of the National Social Security System, based on the principles of universality, equality, effectiveness and solidarity.

According to her, for the effectiveness of this system, it was structured an integrated system of management, financing and standard.

Joana Lina said that with the approval of the Basic Law nº 7/04, of 15 October, whose preamble states, Angola made a qualitative leap to consolidate the welfare states, besides being an integrated and universal system, it is contributive and modern.

She said that the welfare state is based on the basic protection, social compulsory protection and complementary protection, three pillars considered essential in any system, in a dynamic changing world.

The MP added that at the institutional plan it was established the National Social Security Institute (INSS), with adequate tools and means enabled its leaders to innovate and provide public services, so as to equally contribute to the progress of the country.

SOURCE: AllAFrica, May 18th 2014: http://allafrica.com/stories/201405271067.html