CPLP Ministers call for harmonization of social security systems in the community

15 September 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 15 Sept – The ministers of Labor and Social Affairs of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) want to harmonize the social security systems of member countries in order to support migrant workers, officials said.

In the “Bissau Declaration,” which summarizes the conclusions of the 7th Meeting of the CPLP Labor Ministers, held last week in Guinea Bissau, the ministers from the member countries call for “bilateral and multilateral social security relations between the countries of the CPLP to be ruled by a common instrument in future.”

The document, to which Macauhub had access, the community should start working on “developing a social system for migrant workers and their families,” by “signing bilateral conventions.”
At the summit, the ministers agreed to support the creation of statistics committees for employment in countries where these do not yet exist, with the aim of producing “labor statistics as part of the CPLP.”

The creation of a mechanism for supervising and assessing compliance with recommendations of the meetings and to allow for “exchanging information in a more intense, dynamic and systematic way,” and the ministers decided to create a website for the forum.
The issue of informal work was also discussed, taking into account the “need to gradually integrate these workers into the formal sector,” in order to, “integrate the most vulnerable groups in society in a social protection system that covers everyone, with xception.”

The 8th meeting of Labor and Social Affairs Ministers of the CPLP is scheduled for the second half of 2007, in East Timor. (macauhub)