Social Affairs minister says gov’t committed to fight social exclusion.

The Minister of Social Affairs, Pauline Irene Nguene, says government through her ministry is committed to intensify the fight against social exclusion in all parts of the country.

She was speaking in Yaounde Monday February 28, while opening a two-day annual conference of heads of central and external services of the ministry.

The annual conference held under the theme: “Inclusive development and management of social vulnerabilities; stakes, challenges and perspectives”.

The minister underlined that they are paying special attention to the implementation of public policies in terms of prevention, assistance and protection of Socially Vulnerable Persons, PSVs.

“…our ambition is to provide adaptive responses to the specific social vulnerabilities of individuals, groups and communities; through, among other things, the creation of an inclusive environment,” she said.

The minister added: “Vulnerable social groups will now have to be both actors and beneficiaries of inclusive development, the priority areas of which are described in National Development Strategy 2030.  Our challenge is to empower them, to provide them with multifaceted support for their successful adaptation to life in society, their social inclusion”.

The Social Affairs boss went ahead to add that: “Social workers will have to show innovation in the development of skills and human capital in general, of the social categories for which they are responsible”.

The government official recently led the Cameroonian delegation to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development in New York from February 6 to 15, 2023.

She disclosed to reporters that during the session of the UN Commission, she had the opportunity to recall, among other things, government’s efforts in favour of full and productive employment and decent work as a tool for reducing poverty and inequality.

Irene Nguene insisted on the diversification of the vocational and technical training offer, the strengthening and use of approaches to High Intensity Labour, HIMO, targeting vulnerable people and groups in the realisation of community projects, as well as the implementation of specific programs for the socio-economic integration and professional reintegration of vulnerable strata.

 “…our policy of social inclusion will continue through a better distribution of the fruits of growth. To this end, social safety net programs targeting the underprivileged will be extended to a greater number of beneficiaries in all ten regions,” the minister said.

Going by her declaration, government’s engagement when it comes to specific vulnerabilities of certain groups and communities in policies and strategic development, is now a strong requirement, in the current context of post-COVID-19 recovery.

The annual conference was aimed at updating the contribution of the Social Affairs ministry to the ongoing inclusive development process using the participatory approach.

Specifically, the officials of the ministry discussed the commitment of the Head of State to pursue the implementation of the social inclusion policy, carry out a critical account of social action over the past year, in particular the significant advances in the fight against exclusion.

Also under discussion, were major orientations concerning the implementation of programs, the planning of ministerial actions and the execution of the budget during the year 2023.

They equally brainstormed on innovative experiences and professional practices when it comes to prevention and mitigation of social vulnerabilities. 

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