The ISSA Focal Point for Pacific Island Countries promotes regional social security cooperation and networking, and supports the ISSA by promoting the Association’s products and services, organizing events, and facilitating the exchange of good practices among social security institutions in the region.
Acting as a channel of communication between the region and the ISSA General Secretariat, the Focal Point for Pacific Island Countries gathers information on the interests and needs specific to the region and collaborates in the design of a tailored capacity-building programme for these countries.
Across the Pacific, social protection relies on both traditional and formal systems. Nonetheless, formal social protection systems are increasingly becoming a priority for policy making due to a recognition that traditional networks may not reach the most vulnerable households.
Sound management of social security schemes is a key factor for the success of social protection policies and provisions. In this regard, the Focal Point for Pacific Island Countries aims to develop the administrative capacity of the ISSA members in the region and support the countries’ efforts to extend social security coverage.