The first international forum on pensions in Central and West African countries was held in Yaundé, Cameroon. The SOCIEUX programme supported the event with the participation of European experts.
The first international forum on pensions the Inter-African Conference on Social Welfare (CIPRES) zone was held over three days with the aim of analysing in greater depth the financial viability factors of the pension systems and proposing approaches and strategies applicable to their reform.
The SOCIEUX programme, a European Union initiative for social protection in development cooperation, of which FIIAPP is a partner, participated by the collaboration of two European experts on pension systems.
The labour ministries and general directors of the social security funds of more than 15 countries took part in this conference, which will pave the way for harmonising approaches to reforms to expand pension coverage.
The participants had the opportunity to review and diagnose the pension systems in the zone covered by CIPRES, a regional organisation that includes 15 African countries.
For their part, the European experts sent by the SOCIEUX programme addressed the reforms in the European Union and the different public and private funding models in order to identify the best practices from the legal, organisational and functional standpoint for management of pension funds for civil servants and public officials.
Following these discussions, the CIPRES Member States, (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Niger, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Chad, Togo, Comoras) had a map of the pension systems in their zone at their disposal, which should enable them to work on a global and coherent reform strategy to strengthen the funding and improve the benefit levels of the pensions that are available.