Estidama extends support program to reach more economic sectors

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AMMAN — Social Security Corporation (SSC) official spokesman Shaman Al-Majali said that the corporation will launch the Estidama++ program next week, opening the door for submission of applications by establishments and self-employed workers wishing to benefit from the program.اضافة اعلان

The program aims to expand insurance coverage and contribute to the transition to formal economy “by reaching new segments of employment in different economic sectors”, he told Jordan News.

According to the SSC, the program is funded by the Kingdoms of the Netherlands and Norway, in coordination with and supervised by the International Labor Organization, as well as in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.

“The establishments benefiting from the program are those operating in the agricultural sector, in addition to small, micro, and medium enterprises that employ 10 workers or less, regardless of their nationality, as well as self-employed individuals, whether Jordanians or non-Jordanians, in the tourism and transportation sectors,” said Majali.

When Estidama and Estidama+ were launched, representatives of different sectors urged the government to reclassify the affected sectors, so that more sectors could benefit from the programs.

Majali said that the corporation’s selection of the most affected sectors was based on government reports, and that SSC “tried its best to cover all affected sectors”.

Farmer Ali Braizat told Jordan News that “the agricultural sector should have been involved in this program a long time ago, especially in view of its deteriorating financial situation”, stressing that all workers in the agricultural sector should be enabled to participate in this program.

“The support programs helped different sectors retain their workers despite the pandemic. They contribute to the revival of the economy,” he added.

Daoud Samaan, a tour guide in Petra and Wadi Rum, told Jordan News that having tour guides included in the latest support program “bodes well, since those guides still go through a bad economic situation”.

“I believe we need too much time to stand on our feet again. Things are getting better nowadays, I believe, but they will never be as good as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said, adding that “too many tour guides went bankrupt, and if no real, serious decisions are taken to help revive the sector, the number will increase”.

Mousa Al-Subaihi, an insurance and social protection expert, told Jordan News, that “SSC should end all its protection programs, due to the large expenditures that must be borne by the corporation”.

He emphasized that “the value of the Social Security Investment Fund’s financial assets will drop more in the next period if SSC continues with its programs”.

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