Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific
EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL SECURITY: ENHANCING PROTECTION FOR TOMORROW’S SOCIETY
Universal social security protection is a global and regional objective and a key component of strategies to achieve social and economic progress in Asia and the Pacific. At the same time, social security administrations in the region are faced with rapidly changing economic, social and labour market conditions which create new challenges and opportunities. Important progress can be observed but innovative approaches are needed to sustain benefits, further extend coverage and enhance the quality of social security services.
Building on this broadening role of social security administrations in Asia and the Pacific, the Forum will provide a unique opportunity for participants to network, exchange experiences and learn about good practices in overcoming key challenges. An interactive format will ensure that participants are able to gain insights into a variety of topical issues and solutions.
Focusing on excellence as a key condition for sustainable protection and continuous innovation in social security in Asia and the Pacific, the programme of the ISSA Regional Social Security Forum will include the following themes:
Day 1: Day 1: Key challenges for social security in Asia and the Pacific
Presentation of the ISSA Good Practice Award for Asia and the Pacific
Important progress can be observed in social security in Asia and the Pacific. Further extending and improving coverage will require social security institutions to innovate and identify strategies to meet key challenges. Responding to the priorities voiced by the ISSA members from Asia and the Pacific in the ISSA regional challenges survey, and based on a global report published at the last World Social Security Forum, the ISSA will present its first report on the ten key challenges for social security in Asia and the Pacific. Through the solutions and responses identified in the report as well as panel discussions of social security leaders from across the region, the session will provide an overview of the dynamism of social security in Asia and the Pacific and constitute a foundation for the subsequent topical exchanges at the Forum.
The ISSA Good Practice Award for Asia and the Pacific recognizes the best good practices in the administration of social security in the region and will be presented at the Forum. The Award and certificates of merit, as decided by an international Jury, will frame the content of the Excellence Day.
Day 2: Excellence in social security administration
The objective of the day on excellence is to enable participants to exchange on successful practices in the priority areas of social security administration in Asia and the Pacific. Showcasing the unique knowledge and services of the ISSA Centre for Excellence and promoting interaction on good practices through a series of parallel sessions, the Excellence Day will be framed by the ISSA Guidelines and the submissions to the regional ISSA Good Practice Award competition.
The day will start with a plenary session during which participants will learn about the impact and new developments of the ISSA’s flagship programme, the ISSA Centre for Excellence. This will be followed by interactive parallel sessions featuring presentations and discussions of successful institutional initiatives and good practices tackling key challenges in Asia and the Pacific. The concluding plenary session of the day on excellence will then feature the winning entry of the ISSA Good Practice Award for Asia and the Pacific 2018 and will provide the context for the presentation of the ISSA Recognition Certificates for social security institutions in Asia and the Pacific that have successfully implemented the ISSA Guidelines.
Day 3: Innovating to extend and sustain social security
Regional Social Security Summit
Innovation has become a key means for meeting the priority social security challenges in Asia and the Pacific. The successful development and management of innovation is hereby an increasingly important factor in determining the capacity of institutions to work towards extending coverage and securing the sustainability of social security schemes.
As part of the ISSA regional challenges survey, the membership in Asia and the Pacific has highlighted the particular need for innovation to extend and sustain social security systems in a context of demographic change, labour market transformation and an emerging digital economy.
This plenary session will therefore showcase key innovative solutions that are being developed in Asia and the Pacific to adapt and develop social security systems in this rapidly evolving context. Innovative solutions from various branches of social security will be discussed, and new approaches in pension, health and employment insurance highlighted.
This session will be followed by the Regional Social Security Summit for Asia and the Pacific. Universal social security protection is a global and regional objective and a key component of social and economic progress in Asia and the Pacific. While important progress has been achieved in many countries in the region, the commitment to ensuring the positive development of the existing systems and to identify and fill gaps in protection is vital. The Regional Social Security Summit will bring together ministers, high level officials and representatives of international organizations to expose and debate the policies and actions necessary to further develop and improve comprehensive social security and health insurance systems.
The Forum is open to ISSA member organizations from Asia and the Pacific region and invited participants only. The working language will be English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, Arabic and Chinese.
The results of the Good Practice Award Competition for Asia and the Pacific 2018 are posted here: