By Landing Ceesay
The Gambia’s Vice President said her government is committed to establishing a comprehensive social protection system to protect lives.
“The government of the Gambia is committed to establishing an inclusive, integrated and comprehensive social protection system that will effectively provide preventive, promote, protective and transformative measures to safeguard the lives of all poor and vulnerable groups and contribute to broader human development, greater economic productivity, [and] inclusive growth. And as such, the government established the National Social Protection Secretariat to support the National Social Protection Steering Committee; which is the apex body for social protection in this country, to coordinate, harmonise and monitor all social protection interventions in the country,” Dr Isatou Touray said on Tuesday.
She made these remarks at a two-day National Social Protection Forum on the theme- A Mechanism for Inclusive Development. The forum began on 5th October and would conclude on 5th October 2021 at the Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre.
Speaking on the importance of the forum, VP Touray said the system would provide a platform for the state and non-state actors in the social protection discourse including development partners, civil society and beneficiary groups to dialogue and exchange knowledge and experiences around the theme and other concrete social protection policy matters.
“The Forum will also serve as a platform where the government can report progress made and challenges faced in the implementation of the National Social Protection Policy (2015-2025),” VP Touray said.
The Social Protection Forum is organised on the goals of the NSPP, with a focus on key thematic examples of actions to achieve coverage of social programmes, building social protection systems, sustainable financing, training, and capacity building