ISSA Liaison Office for Central Africa moves to Libreville
A new ISSA Liaison Office for Central Africa was opened in Libreville, Gabon, on 21 March 2017 with the objective of strengthening social security administration and the extension of coverage in the region.
The inauguration of the new structure took place at a transfer ceremony attended by the ISSA Secretary General, Mr Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, high-level representatives of the government of Gabon and national and regional social security institutions in the region, including the Minister for Social and Family Development, Social Security and National Solidarity of Gabon, Mr Paul Biyogue Mba and the Executive Secretary of the Inter-African Conference on Social Welfare (CIPRES) Mr Innocent Makoumbou.
Thanking the Director General of the National Social Security Fund of Gabon, Mr Désiré Lassegue, for hosting the Liaison Office, the ISSA Secretary General Mr Konkolewsky expressed his confidence that the structure will continue to contribute to strengthening cooperation and exchange of good practices among social security institutions in the region as well as between the ISSA and its members.
The Office was formerly hosted by the National Social Insurance Fund of Cameroon, in Yaoundé. Speaking at the transfer ceremony, and the ISSA Secretary General expressed the gratitude of the ISSA to the Director General of the National Social Insurance Fund, Mr Mekulu Movondo Akame, for his commitment to supporting the establishment and development of the Liaison Office during the last six years and for facilitating relevant and important exchanges that significantly benefitted the development of social security in the region. The ISSA is also grateful to the outgoing Liaison Officer Mr Hector-Félicien Tonye for his excellent work in fostering collaboration at the regional level, Mr Konkolewsky stated.
The ISSA’s regional structures promote regional collaboration and exchanges of experiences and play a key role in bringing the ISSA’s services closer to member institutions.