A seminar focusing on the need to form a partnership group on social security in connection with poverty reduction in Vietnam, was co-organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the German development cooperation agency GIZ in Hanoi on November 26.

Participants underscored the necessity to set up the group, which is expected to support information sharing and policy dialogue coordination, and enhance the links between separate partner groups operating in the field.

According to MoLISA Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam, the ministry has received cooperation and assistance in many aspects from international partners and non-governmental organisations.

However, there has yet to have an effective and harmonious coordination mechanisms to create strong change in the field, he added.

During the event, attendees proposed ideas to build the group’s action plans, stressing the need to have strong political commitments and involvement of relevant parties.

The seminar heard the four key fields that are being implemented within Vietnam’s social security system, including job, income and poverty reduction; social insurance; social assistance for specific groups; and basic social services.

The system aims to increase income per capita in poor households by 3.5 times and reduce the rate of low-income family to 1.5 -2 percent per year by 2020.

It will also work to provide frequent social assistance to about 2.5 million people, while supporting people suffering from natural disasters without delay.

According to the ministry, in 2013, Vietnam maintained a poverty reduction rate of between 1.7 percent and 2-4 percent in the poorest districts. More than 1.5 million jobs were created. Localities and enterprises sent nearly 90,000 workers abroad, 10 percent more than in previous years. The promotion of social security policies and the increase of the minimum wage in the beginning of the year contributed to improving people’s living conditions.

At present, Vietnam is taking many measures, along with support from organisations and partners to realise the country’s targets in ensuring social security.-VNA