Innovative mobile social security registration campaign launched
As part of a strategy for increasing social security registration in the construction sector, the Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP) in collaboration with the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA), Workers Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) and Sawmilling Employers' Associations have launched a second round of mobile office operations among members of the Copperbelt Sawmillers and Timber Growers Association. The mobile registrations took place from 4th to 8th April 2016.
The activity is part of an action plan developed during a training on strategies for extension of social security to the construction sector conducted for NAPSA and WCFCB inspectors in November last year. Special focus of the training was to enhance the capacity of social security inspectors to implement practical and innovative strategies to promote extension of social security among workers in the construction industry. The first session of mobile office operations was conducted from 18th to 22nd January among members of the Zambia National Association for Sawmillers.
As a result of the mobile registration campaigns, a total of 1,431 beneficiaries have been registered with social security schemes comprising 318 employers and 1,113 workers, leading to 1,113 improved jobs through access to work injury protection and pension schemes.
The extension of social security coverage to the informal sector has been identified as one of the key focus points of the 2016 NAPSA corporate strategy. Moreover, successful implementation of ZGJP social protection model practices on pension, healthcare and workers compensation among green growth-oriented SMEs contributed to the recognition and inclusion of informal economy provisions in the Draft Social Protection Bill. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is supporting the development of the Social Protection Bill through the Irish funded Social Protection Policy Support Project and the UN Joint Programme on Social Protection which are in practice working in synergy with the ZGJP social protection component.
Picture Caption: NAPSA and WCFCB officials attending to sawmilling MSMEs during the social security mobile office operations