A regional conference on social welfare was held in Hanoi on May 6 to discuss ways to promote the field in four Southeast Asian nations- Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
The event was co-organized by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).
Ministerial-level managers and leaders involving in social welfare, insurance organisations and agencies, and research institutes from the four participating countries discussed current challenges in the region.
They examined ways to improve a social-security expert network between the regional countries and Germany by setting up an interdisciplinary dialogue forum.
According to MoLISA Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam, ensuring social welfare is one of Vietnam’s major policies and orientations.
The country has been implementing policies and programmes to assure social welfare for every people through fundamental social services in health, education, fresh water, food and relief.
More than 40 policies and programmes are underway to support people especially vulnerable groups, Dam said.
The participants stressed the importance of the effective and sustainable operation of social welfare systems in the context of globalisation and worldwide changes in population.
Globalisation and economic growth bring about opportunities to poor people but result in inequality in their societies and between countries, they said.
Since 2007, BMZ and GIZ have devised many social welfare programmes to train young officials and leaders from these four countries.
The programmes have helped improve officials and leaders’ capacity and support the policy making process which ensures sustainable development and social welfare in each country.