Media Monitor


Media Monitor

The Social Security Monitor offers a selection of social security news and analysis from media and other sources around the world. External sites will open in a new window. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the ISSA is not responsible for the content of external sites.


17. März 2020
Updates on China Social Security Policies

KPMG China (15.03.2020) Hubei Province : Between February and June 2020: All enterprises enrolled in China Social Security Schemes are exempt from making employer contributions to pension, unemployment and work-related injury insurance schemes. 

14. Oktober 2019
Why Informal Workers Are Opting Out of China’s Welfare System (09.10.2019) As China’s population continues to age, the country must increase the number of people paying into the system. But many workers in the informal sector aren’t interested.

3. Oktober 2019
Brazil senate approves pension reform in first-round vote after savings hit

Reuters (02.10.2019) Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday approved a landmark pension reform bill in a first round of voting, in a relief for far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, although senators voted down an amendment in a move that dilutes the reform’s projected savings.

26. August 2019
India: Thousands Of Job Losses Reveal Rising Risks To India's Demographic Dividend

indiaspend (23.08.2019) The recent shedding of over 350,000 jobs in its automobile sector--and thousands elsewhere--is an indicator of the economic and social hurdles that jeopardise India’s demographic dividend, the growth opportunity afforded by the world’s second largest working-age population of 688 million people.

20. August 2019
China: Telehealth services to be introduced in Tibetan hospitals

Xinhua (16.08.2019) The General Hospital of the People's Liberation Army (PLAGH) said Friday that it will set up 45 stations of remote medical services in public hospitals in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region in five years. PLAGH and the regional government reached a framework agreement on health and poverty alleviation in Lhasa, capital of Tibet on Friday. PLAGH will provide free telemedicine services for Tibetan hospitals, according to the agreement.

8. August 2019
China: Aging population spurs integrated elderly care services (07.08.2019) In February this year, the National Health Commission (NHC) launched a pilot program - the Internet Plus Nursing Services - in six provincial-level regions including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong, in an attempt to make use of nurses' spare time to provide door-to-door nursing services. Under the program, discharged patients and disabled people can apply for registered nurses to serve them at home via an online system.

5. August 2019
China: Work-related illnesses higher than reported

ECNS (01.08.2019) Low health screening rates, flaws in employment system cause faulty data China has charted more than 970,000 cases of occupational diseases since records began, but the actual number of employees affected by work-related illnesses is much higher, a senior health official said on Tuesday.

30. Juli 2019
India: PM may launch farm pension scheme next month, enrolment to start from Aug 1

business-standard (30.07.2019) Enrolment for the much-talked-about pension scheme for farmers, called the Pbusiness-standard (3'.07.2019) radhan Mantri Kisan Mandhan Yojana, will begin from August 1 to enable a soft launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the same month.

3. Juni 2019
Brazil’s Congress confident pension reform will pass

 Financial Times (02.06.2019) The presidents of both houses of Brazil’s Congress have voiced confidence that legislators will approve a flagship pension reform supported by President Jair Bolsonaro in the next few months.

3. Juni 2019
China to showcase primary health care at World Health Assembly

CGTN (25.05.2019) With a population of more than 1.3 billion, China successfully achieved universal health insurance coverage in 2011. The achievement, termed “unparalleled” by the World Bank, has become an example for many developing nations.

3. Juni 2019
Social grants second-most important source of income in South Africa

EWN (28.05.2019) Social grants remain the second-most important source of income for households in the country after salaries. Statistics South Africa released the results of its General Household Survey earlier on Tuesday. The survey was conducted in more than 20,000 households.

7. Mai 2019
Brazil : Uber and Other "App" Drivers can Soon Register as Microentrepreneurs

 The Rio Times (05.05.2019) The Ministry of Economy has confirmed Friday (3rd) that it is studying a decree to regulate the requirement for the registration of drivers of “Apps” at the National Institute of Social Security (INSS).

3. April 2019
China Cuts Social Insurance Costs for Employers

China Briefing News (28.03.2019) China is lowering social insurance costs for employers after the State Council confirmed the decision at its meeting held on March 26. This follows Premier Li Keqiang’s pledge at the Two Sessions meetings, which were held earlier this month in Beijing, to lower costs for businesses by slashing tax and social insurance obligations.

25. März 2019
Poorest 10 percent of Brazilians to gain most from pension reform: ministry

Reuters (21.03.2019) Reform of Brazil’s overloaded pension system would reduce income inequality in Latin America’s largest nation, according to an Economy Ministry study published on Thursday, with the country’s poorest set to enjoy the biggest gains.

19. Februar 2019
India: The road to social protection, beyond jobs

Hindustan Times (19.02.2019) The changing nature of work is upending traditional employment globally, and with it, social protection systems. Take for instance, insurance, made possible through mandatory contribution and payroll taxes on formal wage employment.

4. Februar 2019
India announces pension scheme targeting 100 million unorganized workers (01.02.2019) India on Friday announced a pension scheme targeting at least 100 million workers in the unorganized sector, such as drivers, maids and cobblers

9. Januar 2019
China: Sustaining prosperity while growing old (08.01.2019) The global population is becoming older due mainly to fewer children being born, reinforced by people living much longer. China is now home to the largest number of elderly people and their size is increasing faster than in most other aging countries, with the fastest increase happening among the oldest old (aged 80 or above).

13. Dezember 2018
Social Protection in China

IMF Finance & Development Magazine | December 2018 - China strives to adapt social protection to the needs of a market economy

4. Dezember 2018
Biometrics: Kerala government for biometric authentication of social welfare pension process

Times of India (12.11.2018) While the CPM has been vociferously expressing concerns on surveillance and privacy regarding the use of biometric-based identity, the state government’s proposed verification process of welfare pension beneficiaries will be based on biometric authentication.

8. November 2018
China Plans to Blacklist Citizens for Misusing Social Security (31.10.2018) Chinese authorities plan to introduce a blacklist system by the end of the year that specifically targets those who pocket social security benefits, China News reported.