Closing ceremony for Seminar on Social Protection System

The work of the second seminar workshop on the Social Protection System in Equatorial Guinea has come to a close in Malabo. The aim was to strengthen national capacities in order to widen the knowledge of members of the National Commission for drawing up Social Protection System Law.

The Head of UNICEF in Equatorial Guinea, Alejandro Escalona Aguero, in his words during the closing ceremony at the seminar, recognised the work of the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, for her support of the seminar and for her incessant actions in favour of the most vulnerable people in our country.

However, he stressed that there was the possibility to set up a database on a national, provincial and district level, and carry out an evaluation programme, in accordance with advice from consultants and experts at the seminar.

He also added that “Equatorial Guinea has the best conditions for establishing a Social Protection System adapted to the national context. There is political will demonstrated in the aims of the National Economic and Social Development Plan Horizonte 2020. Also the economic wealth of the country, its territorial area and size of population make the setting up of a Social Protection System viable”.

The Vice-minister for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, Esperanza Gertrudis Davies Eiso, in her speech, first praised the quality of work at the seminar and the active participation of those attending from various ministerial departments, civil society organisations, and the private sector.

She also praised the recommendations from the experts to draw up the content of the Social Protection System Law, and the establishment of a new route map for the setting up of a Social Protection System for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

“I wish to encourage representatives from the public, private and international cooperation sectors to continue to collaborate towards the execution of the Government Development Programme Horizonte 2020, in order that together we can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, in favour of the well-being of present and future generations”, she concluded.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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