Government wants self-employed professionals to be mandatorily enrolled in social security

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Government wants self-employed professionals to be mandatorily enrolled in social security
Government wants self-employed professionals to be mandatorily enrolled in social security

Africa-Press – Cape verde. The Minister of Family, Inclusion and Social Development, Fernando Elísio Freire, announced this Monday, 11th, that the Government wants to make it mandatory for self-employed professionals in Cabo Verde to register for social security, in order to guarantee assistance and avoid poverty.

Fernando Elísio Freire provided this information at the end of a meeting with the Parliament’s Specialized Committee on Education, Culture, Health, Youth, Sports and Social Issues, where he presented the Mais Program.

“We are finding a solution for people, those who are carpenters, farmers, cultural agents, who promote events, who have some income and then because they are not registered in the social security system, at the first difficulty they fall into poverty, what we are calling for at the moment is a strong mobilization for the enrollment of everyone in the social security system, because it guarantees medical assistance, guarantees health and guarantees pensions and assistance in the most difficult times”, explained the Minister of the Family, quoted by Inforpress.

According to him, this measure serves as an incentive for people to register, in order to “protect” the country and ensure that there are fewer poor people in the future.

50% is not registered

“Right now, 50% of the people working in Cape Verde are not registered in the social security system”, he warned.

In this context, he says that, then, “we have to create mechanisms so that they can register” and one of the ways we will find is legislation, which “must be adapted and connected with our economic and social reality”, he explained.

social security system

Fernando Elísio Freire stated that the obligation comes from the same fact that companies that, in order to have access to public tenders “have to be up to date with social security”, also the liberal professional, to have access to financing, the bank account and “various instruments” must be registered in the social security system.

The official exemplified that more than 70% of the elderly people in Cape Verde who are poor worked and had income during their working age, as they did not contribute to the social security system, when they were no longer of working age or when they could no longer physically work, plunged into poverty because they lost income quickly.

The Minister of Family, Inclusion and Social Development ended up stating that if these elderly people had been enrolled in the social security systems, they would have been entitled to a pension and various forms of assistance, but as they did not, they “fell into poverty”, adding that the same has to be done for the future of the country, the young people and people who are close to the “age of inactivity”.

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