Vietnam expects stronger ties with Int’l Social Security Association: Deputy PM

Thursday, 2020-02-20 17:20:23
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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam (R) greets ISSA Secretary-General Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam received a delegation of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) led by its Secretary-General Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano in Hanoi on February 20.

The host said the Vietnam Social Security (VSS) became an ISSA member in 2015, and it is the official and only representative of the country at this association. The VSS has always taken an active part in the ISSA activities while working to connect the association with the ASEAN Social Security Association (ASSA) when it held the ASSA presidency in 2018-2019.

The Deputy PM spoke highly of the VSS’s role, highlighting that over the past decade, the social insurance coverage in the country has been expanded from 60% to over 90%. Vietnam is also planning to make strong changes in the field of social insurance, an important task of the VSS for the time ahead.

A member of ASEAN, Vietnam has paid heed to social security issues in its cooperation with other member countries, and during its ASEAN chairmanship this year, it will continue including social security and insurance cooperation matters in the bloc’s agenda, he said.

A general view of the meeting. (Photo: VGP)

Deputy PM Dam expressed his hope that the ISSA, the VSS and relevant agencies of Vietnam will enhance cooperation in technical assistance, personnel training, technology transfer and experience sharing, and boost international cooperation in the ASEAN Community.

This will help Vietnam’s social security system develop sustainably, professionally and effectively, the official added.

At the meeting, the ISSA Secretary-General spoke highly of Vietnam’s performance in social security issues, noting that the ultimate goal of both the country and the association is to improve people’s living standards and social welfare.

He said he hopes the ISSA and Vietnam will strengthen cooperation to help ensure social security in the country and promote its stature during its social security integration into the world.