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Date: 5-9 August 2019
Location: EPF Learning Campus, Malaysia

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. Pension coverage has increased across the region in recent years, and latest figures show that just over half of older people (55 per cent) across the Asia Pacific region receive some form of pension income. However, this leaves an important gap and coverage is unevenly distributed, with fewer than one in ten older people receiving a pension in some countries, and lower levels of coverage for women than men. Coverage is also not always accompanied by adequacy, with major issues facing both contributory and non-contributory schemes. These systems also confront the challenge of how best to ensure financial sustainability into the future, in particular in the context of the rapid population ageing the region is set to face.

The course “Executive Course on Pension Policy in Asia and the Pacific” will provide 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 is 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 can best be integrated into a system that serves all citizens and residents.

The course will be hosted by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) of Malaysia and will be held at the EPF Learning Campus in Bangi, Selangor. The training is being implemented in partnership between the International Training Centre of the ILO, the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, UNESCAP and HelpAge International. Resource persons include technical experts from the partner organisations as well as researchers with extensive, international, regional and country experience.