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International Symposium on Improving Synergies between Social Protection and Public Finance Management

The International Symposium, convened by the ILO, UNICEF, the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) and the European Union, brings together policymakers, social partners, civil society, and development partners to discuss the innovative practices and strategies for building sustainable and rights-based social protection systems resulting from the Social Protection & Public Finance Management Programme (SP&PFM).

Opening and Panel 1: Extending social protection to all

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This first panel will showcase results and approaches adopted by partner countries in extending social protection coverage to all workers, including self-employed workers, migrant workers, women workers and workers in micro and small enterprises. This includes harnessing the potential of employers’ and workers’ representative organisations in enhancing compliance by raising awareness and informing their members on their rights and responsibilities, and in facilitating their access to social security and their transition to the formal economy. The presentations will also demonstrate how social protection can enhance gender equality and the inclusion of persons living with disabilities. Finally, the different country experiences will also highlight different financing strategies for supporting the extension of social protection in a sustainable and equitable manner, through a combination of contributory and non-contributory benefits.

Opening Remarks

Shahra Razavi
Director of the Social Protection Department
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Dörte Bosse
Deputy Head of Unit, Social Inclusion and Protection, Health and Demography
European Commission
Ousmane Basse
Director of Strategies of the Social Protection and National Solidarity Department, Ministry of Community Development, Senegal
Patricia Zimpita
Director, Poverty Reduction and Social Protection Division, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Malawi
Repon Chowdhury
General Secretary, Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress
Tomás Jaramillo
Lawyer and researcher, National Business Association

Panellists

Ram Kumar Phuyal
Honorable Member, National Planning Commission , Nepal
Dam Thi Van Thoa
Director General of the Policy and Legal Department, Union of Women’s Association
Enrique Gómez Ipuchima
President, Central Unitary Workers' Union

Moderator

Uzziel Twagilimana
Deputy Director
Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors
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