Tanzania plans to broaden coverage of social security protection


Tanzania has started a process aimed at broadening social security protection that will help reduce poverty, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Eric Shitindi, permanent secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for labor, youth, employment and persons with disabilities, said the government is reviewing the Social Security Policy.

“The review of the policy will provide room for expansion of the social protection coverage and reduce poverty and vulnerability among Tanzanians,” said Shitindi.

He told a sub-regional workshop on social protection for forest-dependent communities in East Africa held in Dar es Salaam that the proposed national social protection policy will also involve views from all stakeholders before it is adopted by the government by March 2018.

Monica Kagya, principal beekeeping officer in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, said forest-dependent communities are among the most vulnerable and poor groups in the country.

She said the government is working to ensure that these communities are well educated on how their surrounding forests could benefit and transform their lives if well preserved and utilized.

The workshop, organized by the Forestry Department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, attracted the participation of government authorities responsible for forestry programs, social protection programs, and forest producer organizations from east and central Africa. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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