Executive Course on Pension Policy in Asia and the Pacific
Pension systems are a core area of public policy, central to ensuring income security in old age but also with profound impacts on wider families and societies. Across Asia and the Pacific there is growing recognition of the importance of effective pension systems in the context of changing family structures, demographic ageing and broader efforts to expand social protection systems to promote inclusive growth. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development considers social protection systems for all essential to reduce poverty and inequality. Yet pension systems in the region face an array of challenges in relation to coverage, adequacy and sustainability.
Co-organized by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) of Malaysia, ESCAP, HelpAge International, ILO and ILO-ITC, this course provided an executive training on pension policy, equipping participants with the skills to actively participate in national policy processes towards designing and reforming pension systems. An important feature of the course was to provide a whole systems approach to understanding pension policy, covering design of both contributory and tax-financed (non-contributory) pensions, and exploring how they could best be integrated into a system that served all citizens and residents.