The next meeting of the "Information exchange hour" held at the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan was dedicated to the work done in the area of exchange of experience with separate countries in the field of pension provision and state employment services, the results of the visits of representatives of the ministry to Kazakhstan to participate in an international conference held on "Financial stability of the pension provision system in a global reality", and to France and Lithuania within the framework of relevant twinning projects.
Opening the meeting the minister of labour and social protection of population Salim Muslumov emphasized that important reforms have been undertaken in recent years according to the instructions of the President of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev related to the improvement of the labour and social protection system in accordance with the best world practice: "As a part of the reforms, social insurance, personal accounting and modern insurance-pension system, which is complementary to each other on the basis of a single mechanism of pension provision has been established since 2006. Along with the relevant orders of the Head of State, as a result of the opportunities created by this system, regular growth of pensions has been observed in the past period. Currently, 13.5% of the country's population (1 million 330 thousand people) receives a labour pension and the average monthly amount of pensions has increased by 5.2% compared to the beginning of the current year and reached to 203.2 manats, including the average monthly pension for age to 226 manats. As the next reform in the current year, transition to the full insurance-based pension provision system with recent changes to pension legislation was a successful step towards the activation of the employment of the working population in the formation of future decent pension provision, and thus the long-term development of this system on reliable financial resources. Our reforms in this area, as well as providing citizens with the opportunity to add additional funds to their personal accounts in the collection of insurance capital, which is based on pension provision is highly appreciated by international organizations as a positive experience. In the international conference organized by the International Association of Pension and Social Funds in the Republic of Kazakhstan in September of the current year, the information on the reforms carried out in the relevant field in our country has been of great interest".
The minister said that a new twinning project "Support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population in implementation of the pension system reform in Azerbaijan" is being implemented within the European Neighborhood Policy. This project also supports us in establishment of an electronic audit system in the pension and social protection system in our country, improving the institutional and technical aspects of the budgeting process, developing strategic planning mechanisms for the compulsory and voluntary social insurance system, and so on. The project created an opportunity to study advanced experiences of European countries on future reforms in these areas. The work has already started in cooperation with the relevant bodies of France, and the visit of the ministry's employees to this country to study the experience of France was organized last month".
S. Muslumov brought to the attention that increasing the total number of the employment service staff by 2.5 times by the Decree of the President of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev dated 24 June 2016, thereby adapting the staffing capacity of the employment service to the international norms in relation to the population in the country is a further confirmation of the high importance given to the development of the employment services system: "At present, the modernization and efficiency of employment agencies, their role in the labor market, the institutional capacity building, the expansion of employment services, the formation of a unified information space for the development of the labor market, etc. are the main challenges ahead. At the same time, the creation of an advanced system for monitoring and forecasting of the labour market, new services in the field of career, the development of effective active labour market programs for people who have difficulty in integration into the labour market are actual issues. The new twinning project, "Support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Modernization of State Employment Services", which was presented last month, created conditions for closer acquaintance with advanced European experience in these areas, for this purpose, the cooperation with the relevant Lithuanian authorities".
At the meeting, a presentation on the results of the visit of the representatives of the Ministry to the Republic of Kazakhstan in connection with participation in the international conference on "Financial stability of the pension provision system in a global reality" was held. Presentations of the representatives of the ministry in connection with the results of the visits to the Republic of France within the Twinning project "Support to the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population in implementation of the pension system reform in Azerbaijan" and to the Republic of Lithuania within the Twinning project "Support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population in the Modernization of State Employment Services" were made. The meeting continued with discussions on the presented information.