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SOCIEUX to build capacities around financing social protection in Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica 7th to 11th July 2014 - SOCIEUX, the Social Protection EU Expertise in Development Cooperation will support the capacity building of the Planning Institute of Jamaica and other key institutions on costing and financing social protection.
Vision 2030 Jamaica, a long term people-centred National Development Plan, aims to achieve a more effective social protection system and to make Jamaica “the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business”. The need for strengthening key institutional capacities in the areas of financing and costing of social protection led the Planning Instituteto the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the economic and social planning agency of the Jamaican to Government to request SOCIEUX´s assistance, the mission to take place from July 7 – 11, 2014.
During a three-day tailored training on financing social protection, the SOCIEUX experts Mr. Michel Rovers, Director of the Strategy, Policy and Research Department of the Dutch Employee Insurance Agency, and Mr. Derek Osborne, former Actuary at the National Insurance Board in the Bahamas, will touch upon trends, patterns and determinants of social expenditure, the nexus of economic growth and social protection, the role of taxation, innovative financing methodologies and resourcing strategies and investing social protection reserves. 
The technical training will be attended by some 25 representatives of the PIOJ, the Ministry of Finance and Planning, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security including the National Insurance Fund, the Ministry of Local Government, and the Cabinet Office, among other stakeholders. Key stakeholders will also take part in a two-day round table discussion to finalise the PIOJ’s Terms of Reference on costing of the Social Protection Floor for Jamaica, which will guarantee Basic Income Security and Basic Social Services. 
Social Protection in Jamaica
In December 2013, the PIOJ completed the final draft of the comprehensive social protection strategy which is an important step for the provision of effective social protection, as articulated in the country’s National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica. The Draft Social Protection Strategy (December 2013) seeks to streamline and structure social protection interventions and to expand the coverage of the social security system. It uses a rights-based, social risk management approach to address social protection needs across the life-cycle through various types of interventions. 
The Draft Social Protection Strategy highlights the financing approach, the focus thereby being on resource mobilisation and prioritisation at the Government budget level, public-private partnerships and personal responsibility. 
The SOCIEUX programme (Social Protection EU Expertise in Development Cooperation) is a technical assistance facility established by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid – to support the efforts of partner countries to better design and manage social protection systems by means of short-term peer-to-peer inputs to be delivered by experts drawn primarily from the European Union Member States’ public administrations and mandated bodies. SOCIEUX contributes to implementing the Communication on Social Protection in EU Development Cooperation (August 2012) and its subsequent Council Conclusions. 
For more information
Beatriz Juanes
Communications Officer
SOCIEUX - Social Protection EU Expertise in Development Cooperation
Avenue Paul Deschanel 62, 1030 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: +32 2 5884883 / email:   

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