An international conference on вЂ�Social Security of Labor Migrants in Condition of GlobalizationвЂ™ started in Baku on Wednesday, Trend reports.
In his opening remarks Elchin Efendiyev, the Azerbaijani Prime Minister, said that Azerbaijan was not a member of the International Association of Social Provision (IASP), while the country will put every effort to obtain a membership at the organization. He also briefed the forum on the current state of calculation of pensions, as well as plans for their reforming. Efendiyev noted that it was second conference of the kind in CIS after Russia.
Mehman Tagiyev, the head of the social issues sector at the PresidentвЂ™s Executive Power, read out a greeting letter addressed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, which stressed that the economic stability was a reality of the Azerbaijani economy. It is testified by a 20 rise in the GDP in 2005 and around 30% rise forecasted for 2006.
Upon completion of the first session some participants in the event were invited to a meeting with the Azerbaijani President.
Organized by the State Fund for Social Security (SFSS), International Association of Social Security (IASS) and International Association of Pension and Social Funds (IAPSF) the conference brought together representatives from local bodies, as well as the President of IAPSF, Alexander Kurtin, the Director of the Department for Social Insurance and State Security of the Ministry of Heath and Social Development and the State Security of the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development, the head of the Social Security Division (DG-III) of the Council of EuropeвЂ™s Social Policy Department, Mishel Akip, a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian National Institute of Social Insurance, Mauricio Nevola, as well as representatives from different organizations of Poland, Sweden, UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany and European regional office of РњРђРЎРћ.
The key objective of the conference вЂ�Social Security of Labor Migrants in Condition of GlobalizationвЂ™ was to reveal and discuss issues on legal means for social security migrant employees and their families. The forum will determine and analyze the available coordination means, in particular, bilateral agreements (their content, key points in regard to risks). The event also targets to inform the participants about existing means and mull some major issues of policy in this sphere, in particular, administrative management over the coordination system of social security.
During the forum to last by Friday the participants and experts will share experience, speak about successes and failures and try to assimilate practical lessons and positive experience. Experts from the new member-countries of the European Union will present a report on changes to the administrative organization and activities in order to get in line with the EU rules on coordination of social provision, as well as difficulties in implementing changes.