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The National Social Fund of Gabon in crisis, Government promises remedy

A welfare and social security organization in poor condition, the National Social Security Fund (CNSS) requires “systemic reform” as recommended in the report of the task force in charge of auditing Gabon’s internal and external debt . To find out more about the situation, the Minister of the Economy and Participations, Mays Mouissi, received, this Wednesday, March 20, the general director of this structure, Olivier Rebiennot Pellegrin. The latter made a presentation on the “worrying” financial situation of the establishment. 

By setting up, at the time, a provisional administration at the National Social Security Fund (CNSS), Ali Bongo hoped to reform the structure and ensure “ the preservation of the well-being of populations in general and of those insured in particular ”. After this administration which visibly did not bear fruit and the advent of the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI), General Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema announced that his management, as well as that of the National Fund of health insurance and social guarantee (CNAMGS), two public structures, would come under the aegis of the private sector. To date, the CNSS still cannot get out of the rut. Hence the meeting, this March 20, between the Minister of the Economy and Participations, Mays Mouissi, and the general director of this structure, Olivier Rebiennot Pellegrin.

The discussions were mainly focused on the financial commitments of the State to the CNSS, the settlement of the CNSS tax debt, the situation of the non-permanent workforce (Monp) and the retrocession of the hospitals of the CNSS to the State.

An opportunity for Doctor Olivier Rebiennot Pellegrin to explain, “ with precision ”, the worrying financial situation of this organization. To this end, he presented the difficulties facing the CNSS, particularly with regard to the absence of financial resources to honor its commitments to policyholders. All this allowed him to request the intervention of the Minister of the Economy in order to find a favorable and lasting outcome to this situation.

Mays Mouissi, for his part, indicated to his interlocutor that the Transitional Government will do everything possible to find lasting solutions to support and get the CNSS back on track. 

He suggested possible solutions, in particular checks on companies, to replenish the funds of this structure responsible for managing pensions and social benefits for private sector agents, not without expressing his commitment to supporting the restructuring of the CNSS in order to reduce the current deficit.