Dominican Republic and Ecuador sign agreement to guarantee pensions to workers

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Santo Domingo.- The Governments of the Dominican Republic and Ecuador today signed an administrative agreement for the application of the Bilateral Social Security Agreement, which will allow workers from both countries to request old-age, disability, and survival pensions as a result of their accumulated contributions during work abroad.

The Minister of Labor and President of the National Social Security Council (CNSS), Luis Miguel De Camps García, and the Ambassador of Ecuador in the Dominican Republic, Santiago Martínez Espíndola, signed said administrative agreement which has the purpose of implementing and regulating the Agreement in Social Security signed between both countries in 2013, but which to date had not been implemented.

The agreement aims to ensure adequate pension coverage and improve the working conditions of workers in each of these nations. Implementing this agreement will guarantee that at the end of their working life, workers from both countries will have the right to request a pension resulting from the contributions made in their formal jobs.

Ambassador Martínez Espíndola thanked the Government of the Dominican Republic for having had the political decision to implement this agreement. At the same time, he appreciated the joint work of the staff of the Ecuadorian embassy and the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security.

“International law aims to favor the human being and the nations and this is a historic step so that this agreement can be fulfilled for the benefit of our populations,” he added.

While the Minister of Labor and president of the CNSS, Luis Miguel De Camps García, said that the Dominican Government and the Government of Ecuador had produced deeper, healthier, and healthier relations that promote development and democracy.

“While it is true that this intention was 10 years ago, today it is important that with this focus, work capacity and decision, we can materialize these benefits for workers and not leave this agreement aside,” said De Camps.

The administrative agreement will enter into force six months after its formalization, as long as all the aspects required for its execution have been specified, and it will be for an indefinite period. It is part of the international work plan developed by the Ministry of Labor, which seeks to implement the various international agreements on labor and social security that are not implemented, as well as establish new cooperation ties for the benefit of Dominican workers.

The liaison agencies of the agreement are in the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Labor, through the National Social Security Council (CNSS), and in Ecuador, the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS).

The signing of the agreement was attended by the Vice Minister of Labor in Health and Occupational Hazards, Juan Estévez; the general manager of the CNSS, Edward Guzmán; and the deputy general manager of the CNSS, Marilyn Rodríguez.

The Ecuadorian ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Santiago Martínez Espíndola, was accompanied by the first secretary, Diego Tituaña, and the embassy assistant, Raquel Cueto.

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