The Prime Minster and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani addressing the World Social Security Forum yesterday.
DOHA: The Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani underlined Qatar’s keenness to ensure social development and decent living for its citizens based on Qatar National Vision 2013, as he opened the World Social Security Forum (WSSF) at Sheraton Doha yesterday.
Under the auspices of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the six-day forum is organised by International Social Security Association (ISSA) and hosted by Qatar’s General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority (GRSIA). Around 1,000 delegates from 127 countries attended the inaugural session.
The Premier said Qatar had been exerting efforts to improve social security systems and develop concerned institutions through political, legislative, strategic and organisational procedures to enhance the citizen’s trust in the state’s performance and underscore the significance of decent living for them and the coming generations.
Laws and measures on health insurance and labour law have been issued and set, covering most segments of society, he added.
While efforts are consistent for the realisation of social development and decent living for citizens, challenges of sustainable development of social security systems hinder the efficiency of these efforts despite great prosperity and exceptional economic development Qatar is witnessing, which has led to steady rise in standard of living, he said.
The greatest challenge facing social security systems around the world is securing their sustainability and ensuring their impact not only on social, economic and human development but also on humanitarian and cultural values, the Premier added.
The Minister of Finance H E Ali Sherif Al Emadi said Qatar’s hosting of the forum reflected the state’s keenness to secure the best and high quality social security services for its citizens.
“We hope that this huge gathering of social security experts and professionals coming from different parts of the world shall contribute to enhancing the expertise of our social security institutions to provide the best social security services for our people,” the Minister added.
Stressing the importance of social security around the world, ISSA President Errol Frank Stoove expressed commitment to improve social security and make a difference in the life of people around the world. “For societies, social security supports stability and cohesion. Social security systems are indispensable elements of social inclusion, social peace and justice. And for economies, social security contributes to ensuring the stability, capacities and human capital that are preconditions for economic development and growth,” he said.
“We must preserve and strengthen social security systems. But to do so, social security must change and in an environment of resource constraint, changes must be innovative and effective.”
Meanwhile, Turki Al Khater, General Secretary of GRSIA, was nominated as President of the 31st round of ISSA general assembly. The nomination was made by the executive committee of ISSA chaired by Stoove.