First workshop of the ISSA Academy on Actuarial Work in the Americas

The ISSA Academy Workshop on Actuarial Work took place from 14 to 16 August 2019 at the Center for Studies of the Social Insurance Bank (BPS) of Uruguay. The workshop was based on the ISSA-ILO Guidelines on Actuarial Work for Social Security, which provide guidance to actuaries, trained social security professionals, and institutions.

The three-day workshop was headed by social security expert Ms Adriana Scardino, Coordinator of the General Advisory Body on Social Security (AGSS), and Mr Mariano Brener, ISSA Regional Coordinator for the Americas. Some 29 representatives of 12 institutions from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay participated in the workshop.

The main issues addressed were the challenges faced by actuaries within their organizations, how to overcome the obstacles encountered, and how to carry out actuarial work. The workshop offered an opportunity for an exchange of experience between countries, which enhanced the debate and discussion. The participants prepared application proposals and a set of solutions of special relevance to their institutions.
The BPS Board received delegations from the National Social Security Administration (ANSES) of Argentina and the Social Insurance Institute (IPS) of Paraguay. Managers from those institutions made presentations on their areas of work within their institutions.

Additionally, on Friday 16 August the workshop held a discussion on the importance of actuarial work in social security aimed at BPS officials, parastatal funds, and people linked to groups of retirees, pensioners, workers, and entrepreneurs. The workshop was relayed by video conference to BPS offices in the towns of Rivera, Salto, Maldonado, and Melo.

Group photo