Resident expert of the Component 3 SPRP together with an EU expert Ms. Alexandra Nemes from the Romanian Ministry of Labour and Social Justice took part in a visit to pilot site in Jilin Province to Da’An county. The main target was to continue dialogue on the Component 3 SPRP pilot site program and activities undertaken locally by civil affairs offices. The visit was an opportunity for an open exchange on the main current and future Chinese characteristics for social assistance also by sharing EU countries practices mainly in social services for vulnerable groups and cash benefits schemes. The visit was organized under the leadership of Social Assistance Department of MoCA with a great support coming from provincial and city level MoCA of Da’An. The main aim of the visit was to give an opportunity to the EU and Chinese side for practical exchanges and learning on existing solutions in social assistance standards in terms of data collecting, means testing, application procedures including evaluation and administration. During the visit working capacity index was presented. Local MoCA staff gave an introduction the new implemented procedure for dissemination of information on social assistance benefits.
Da’An MoCA staff shared with the EU team several practical arrangements at the civil affairs street office and village level office. The local MoCA staff acknowledge the need for encouraging more social workers to be involved in the social assistance scheme as well social organizations for social service delivery. The SPRP side was encouraging to take some actions for developing benefits in kind especially for the children, elderly and disabled people.
It should be stressed that the importance of the social assistance system and its challenges in Da’An county and in Jilin province is highly acknowledge by the local high level government officials – the SPRP delegation for all the exchange meeting held was accompanied by Deputy Director General of Civil Affairs of Jilin Province, Deputy Mayor of Da’An city and directors of the social assistance divisions – provincial, county and city level.
The C3 pilot will continue for the next following months and will be evaluated by mid-year together with other three C3 pilots.