Recent ILO Report Suggests Positive Move of Cambodia’s Social Protection Schemes

ILO's world social protection report has highlighted government's hard work and positive move in introducing the protection's schemes.

Looking into universal social protection to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 2017-19, the report officially released on Wednesday also covered the latest intention by the Royal Government of Cambodia to promote the scope of health care and insurance benefits among workers.

Employment Injury Insurance Scheme has been gradually extended to 24 provinces nationwide and in 2018 will be extended further from the current coverage of enterprises or establishments employing eight workers or more to those employing one worker or more, wrote the report.

Efforts are being made to extend coverage to more workers, including workers in the construction sector, it added acknowledging indispensable role of National Social Security Fund.

While almost one million workers especially those working at factories are benefiting from the health care and insurance, around three million others including public civil servants will have similar access � thanks to the mentioned ambition by the Royal Government of Cambodia.

At the same time, health equity fund is being set up in order to support those who cannot afford annual contribution to the National Social Security Fund.

The report of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimated that there are 50 percent of Cambodian workers being employed through unofficial arrangement and around one million senior population who are not benefitting from the social protection measures.

It suggested that by adapting examples from China, Timor-Leste and Thailand, Cambodia will be able to handle the gaps.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen considers social protection system as an essential foundation to ensure equitable and inclusive economic growth.

Inspired by the commitment, the Royal Government of Cambodia has formulated objectives to financially support pregnant women, children, people with disability, and the elderly with particular circumstances.

Also, social protection � currently taking up almost one percent of Cambodia's gross domestic product annually � has been increasingly included in various discussion agenda at both national and international meetings.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press