IOM Azerbaijan and State Social Protection Fund exploring ways for collaboration
- On 3 June 2021, representatives of IOM Azerbaijan had a meeting with the State Social Protection Fund of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population.
The representatives were received by Mr. Himalaya Mamishov, Chairman of SSPF, who welcomed the guests and provided them information on SSPF work and the reforms carried out in the social security system in recent years, electronic services provided to the population, and priority goals of Fund in this area for the following period.
In his speech, Mr. Mamishov expressed interest in a mutually beneficial cooperation between the SSPF and IOM to address vulnerabilities and work in the field of social security, in particular in the field of providing support in setting up a small business for migrants - citizens of Azerbaijan who voluntarily returned to the country, as well as awareness-raising activities among people in rural districts who don’t have access to the internet to get possible assistance opportunities and legal instruments offered by SSPF.
Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, Chief of IOM Azerbaijan confirmed the availability of the Mission to provide support and collaborate with the SSPF in areas that relate to IOM competence, such as migration, rehabilitation, support for business initiatives of vulnerable community members and victims of trafficking, technical assistance, and awareness-raising activities regarding legislation.
The meeting was held in a close cooperation atmosphere and resulted in clarification and agreement on certain matters related to upcoming activities. The sides exchanged views on the issues of mutual interest and came to an agreement to establish a working group to work on future initiatives.