Vietnam, South Africa to boost social security cooperation hinh anh 1The working session between the Vietnam Social Security delegation and officials of the National Department of Health and the Department of Social Development of South Africa in Pretoria on July 23 (Photo: VNA)

Pretoria (VNA) – A delegation from the Vietnam Social Security (VSS) had a working session with officials of health and social development of South Africa in Pretoria on July 23, seeking to enhance relations between the two countries in these fields.

At the event, Deputy Minister of Finance and VSS Director General Nguyen Thi Minh said Vietnam and South Africa share many similarities in the implementation of healthcare and social security policies. Like its South African counterpart, the Vietnamese Government has always paid attention to social insurance to ensure socio-economic stability.

Introducing the VSS’s activities, she noted health insurance has covered 87 percent of Vietnam’s population, 50 percent of them have their insurance contribution paid by the State budget. Meanwhile, about 50 percent of the people of working age in the country have participated in social insurance.

Vietnam is working towards universal coverage of health and social insurance in the time ahead, she added.

For her part, Director General of the National Department of Health of South Africa Malebona Precious Matsoso described the VSS delegation’s visit a prerequisite for the establishment of bilateral cooperation in health insurance and social security.

Matsoso, who is also a senior specialist of the World Health Organisation, said South Africa in particular and the international community in general highly value the health insurance and social security models in Vietnam and consider these an example to many other countries.

At the session, the two sides shared information and experience in carrying out health insurance and social security policies in each country, especially in remote areas where  the provision of public services face difficulties. They also exchanged experience in organising public services and drug tendering.

The VSS delegation is paying a visit to South Africa from July 22 to 26. -VNA