Signature of agreements and strengthening of partnerships
April 5, CIESS headquarters. A collaboration agreement was signed with the Institute of Training and Research in Bioethics and Bio-law (INFOIBB); Dr. Juan Rivero, Director of INFOIBB and Dr. Leonel Flores, Director of CIESS, noted the need to address the issue of the legal science in benefit of society; both authorities highlighted that through signing this tool, the efforts from both institutions will allow expanding cooperation ties, through the implementation of several activities and the exchange of professionals, for instance, in the field of social security justice.
In April 12, as a result of the exchange of ideas aimed at expanding training activities in the continent, the OAS and the CIESS decided to join efforts to re-activate partnerships to disseminate the educational offer of Center within the scope of OAS, by promoting the diversification of attendance to academic activities of the CIESS.
April 15, Costa Rica. Joint collaboration actions between the Union of Male and Female Workers of Education in Costa Rica (SEC) and CIESS were formalized, within the framework of the implementation in that country of the Educational Program, regional Strategy towards a citizenship with a culture in social security. Social Security for All. SEC was represented by Gilberth Diaz Vasquez, President, and MSc. Edgardo Morales Romero, Legal Representative, and on behalf of CIESS, its Director, Dr. Leonel Flores Sosa.
CIESS participates in the Regional Forum organized by ISSA and ISSSTE
April 11-13. Regional Forum in Social Security for the Americas, summoned by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE) of Mexico.
Issues addressed are related to good practices in social security administration, expansion mechanisms, needed actions and policies to build complete and sustainable social security systems.
The event was inaugurated by the Secretary of Labor and Social Security (STPS) of Mexico, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, with the participation of Errol Frank Stoove, President of ISSA, Mikel Arriola Peñalosa, General Director of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) and Jose Reyes Baeza Terrazas, General Director of ISSSTE.
Dr. Leonel Flores Sosa, Director of CIESS spoke of the collaboration between CIESS and ISSA since the appointment of the Center as the training institution in the Americas for the ISSA International Training Consortium in the issue of social security guidelines, resulting from the agreement signed with the General Secretariat of CISS in 2014.
The closing ceremony was headed by the General Director of ISSSTE, who invited governments and directive staff from social security institutions to act responsibly, with honesty, humanism, social meaning and self-criticism so as to generate policies to expand coverage and quality of services; during the same ceremony, Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Secretary General of ISSA, referred to social security as an investment for social and economic development, and invited countries to implement good practices and to disseminate the movement launched by ISSA as it considers social security a public good.
CIESS presents a breviary co-edited with ODEMA, consultation material and guide
April 15, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The VII International Forum on Mutualism Social and Solidary Economy was conducted, a framework to reach a better level of wellbeing for people, summoned by the Organization of Mutual Associations of the Americas (ODEMA).
The Breviary Mutuality: a road towards integrated social security was presented in this event. It is intended for the use of mutual entities and social security institutions, as a valuable document for consultation and as a guide that will contribute with knowledge and experiences for its better functioning, and that will also serve as training material for CIESS academic activities and for the Mutual training and Formation Institute "Carlos Castillo", of ODEMA.
Martin Gomez Silva, Research Coordinator of CIESS, noted that the Forum represents a priceless opportunity for mutualism to show more of its validity for the creation of a new economic order. Regarding the Breviary, he mentioned that it shows the experiences of mutual societies in several countries, asides from the importance of mutualism as an integral social policy.
By publishing this breviary, CIESS follows-up on its commitment to contribute with materials that are adequate for the study, research and knowledge of social security and related matters.
CIESS participates in the Seminar-Workshop "Risk and Resilience"
April 25-27. Nassau, Bahamas. The Seminar-Workshop Risk and Resilience was held and organized by the American Commission of Administrative Organization and Systems (CAOSA), the Social Security Administration (SSA) of the United States of America, the National Insurance Board of the Bahamas (NIB), the Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS) and the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies (CIESS).
The event was attended by representatives from social security institutions from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Turks and Caicos, Montserrat, the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.
The opening ceremony was presided by Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas. During the first day, Melissa Spencer and Robert Pfaff of the SSA spoke of special programs, such as Ticket to Work, and of programs for disability, emphasizing the corresponding challenges to be faced.
CIESS coordinated the second day works. In this framework, Leonel Flores, Director of the Center, presented a program of activities that included a presentation on the public health systems and management of pensions in social security systems; he also made a presentation regarding the Impact of NCD’s on NHI financing. Later on, the invited speakers, Stanley Lalta, Karl Theodore and Clarence Faulkner addressed the following issues: financing of health systems and investment and management of pensions. The debate panels had the participation of Timothy Hodge from Anguilla, Ruben Lopez, from Panama, Zaneta Burton, from Turks and Caicos, Eduard Del Villar and Hernando Perez Montas from the Dominican Republic, and of the Director of CIESS.
During the last day of activities, Ricardo Irra, member of the working team of the Social Security for All Program presented the characteristics, achievements and new action lines of the mentioned Program.
Finally, Rowena Bethel and Damara L. Dillet of the NIB, explained the operation of the new health insurance in their country and spoke about the Social Protection Floors and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event was marked by rich debate and exchange of experiences between participants, which allowed an in-depth analysis of issues presented, as well as, to reach the objectives proposed during the seminar.
The 27th Meeting of Social Security Heads of CARICOM was inaugurated after three days of intense work.
Celebration of the Social Security Week 2016
The Social Security Week was celebrated for a sixth consecutive year in several countries in the Americas; this initiative is contemplated in the Declaration of Guatemala, as means to promote social security principles among the population, through national and regional educational programs, for instance, Social Security for All, launched by CIESS, aiming at creating a cultural change in this issue through actions that incorporate the educational sectors and social security institutions, ministries of education, international organizations in the field and other institutions.
The International Social Security Week was celebrated for the first time in 2011, in Mexico City, with the participation of the main international organizations and social security institutions from several countries, as well as, of educational institutions and other partner organizations adhering to the mentioned Declaration. Other countries have since adopted this celebration. Nine countries have already institutionalized this celebration through Law decrees.
An abstract of information regarding events conducted to celebrate said Week in Colombia (see video), Costa Rica, El Salvador, México, the Dominican Republic and Uruguayhas been shared with this Center (available only in Spanish).
CIESS highlights the need to address investment-related risks
The 2nd Central American and the Caribbean Congress on Investments of Social Security Institutions was held from May 31 to June 2, in the capital city of Honduras. This event, summoned by the Iberic American Social Security Organization (OISS), is part of the work plan of the Central American School for Training in Social Security (ECASS). The following institutions from Honduras participated in the event: the Honduran Social Security institute (IHSS), the National Institute for Retirement and Pensions of Public Employees (INJUPEMP), the Military Insurance Institute (IPM), and the National Security Institute of the Magisterium (INPREMA).
The Congress addressed several issues related to investment-related risks and how to face them, asides from the use of actuarial appraisal as mechanism to improve the profitability of institutions.
This dialogue and debate space also served as an opportunity for experts to participate: Dr. Francis Zuñiga, Regional Director for Central America and the Caribbean of OISS, with a presentation on Social Security: Risks and Perspectives in the 21st Century; Dr. Roberto Arias, private trainer and consultant of OISS addressed Inequity in Health; Dr. Oscar Gonzalo Martinez Amaya adviser of the Regulations Projection and Studies of Financial Rulings from the Ministry of Finance of Colombia, spoke about Management and Risk Assessment in Social Security Institutions: the Importance of Risk Analysis in Investment Processes at Social Security Institutions; to mention a few.
The Center was represented by Dr. Leonel Antonio Flores Sosa, Director, who was part of the presidium and delivered a message at the opening ceremony, while also presenting an analysis of the Effect of Expenditure in Care related to non-transmittable Chronic Diseases. Mr. Carlos Contreras Cruz, Head of the Actuarial and Financing Division of CIESS, made a presentation on Actuarial Assessment as Guideline for Financial Management in Social Security Institutions, and participated in a panel addressing the Importance of Investment in Reformed Systems.
The third stage of Healthy School ends with positive results
Dr. Leonel Flores, Director of CIESS, participated in the event Program for the Promotion of a Healthy Culture within the School Scope Healthy School, conducted in Las Palmas School, in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; the purpose of this meeting was to present results obtained through this program at the end of its third stage, and was conducted in several cities of the country.
It is important to note that the commitment of the Colombian government in terms of strengthening a culture in social security has been captured by Decree 4108 and by the National Health and Safety in the Workplace Plan 2013-2012, that makes reference to the execution of health preventive actions through didactic activities implemented by teachers; one of the most important tools to comply with the Decree is precisely Healthy Schools where teachers have been trained through the coordination between the Ministry of Labor to Colombia and CIESS in partnership with the Corporation for the Development of Social Security (CODESS).
During his participation, Dr. Leonel Flores noted that the Ministry, along with CIESS and CODESS are launching preventive actions to reach wellbeing; hence, the Program is focused on forming habits, attitudes and preventive behavior to avoid accidents in primary and secondary schools, through formation actions for the educational community.
As part of the end of this third stage, it is possible to mention the participation of 237 schools, training of two thousand teachers, and the course approval by 37 thousand students. Around five thousand teachers and 88 thousand students have participated in the three implementation stages.
Based on results obtained, CIESS is aware of the need to continue working with other institutions interested in favoring the advance and knowledge of this type of habits and values in favor of health prevention.
Dr. Flores participated in the celebration of the Social Security and Employment Week in Mexico City
The First Social Security and Employment Week was held in June 28, organized by the Ministry of Labor and Promotion for Employment of Mexico City (CDMX).
The presidium was embodied by Mikel Arriola Peñalosa, Director of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), Jose Reyes Baeza Terrazas, Director of the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE), Omar de la Torre de la Mora, Secretary General of CISS, Helmut Schwarzer, on behalf of ILO in Mexico, among other representatives from health institutions, entrepreneurs and unions.
During the first day of the event, it was possible to address pensions, labor policy, challenges in social security, universal health coverage and housing.
The Director of CIESS presented the Challenges of social security in Latin America, noting that social security systems in the region pose common challenges and it is therefore necessary to design reforms that combine solidarity with the economic and social viability of systems.