Asian Workers’ Compensation Association has been the only one regional association dealing with workers’ compensation insurance in Asia and the Pacific Region since its birth of 2012 in Seoul. And, it has played the pivotal role in the continued exchanges and cooperation. Moreover, it has provided valuable opportunities to understand the global social security trends and to share the good practices at technical seminars which were jointly organized with international organizations like ISSA(International Social Security Association). We all have been faced with a rapidly changing social security environment accompanied by digitalized globalization. In particular, it has been an inevitable challenge to workers’ compensation insurance organizations in Asia and the Pacific to let non-standard forms of workers in the platform economy access to adequate social securities. Moreover, considering the background of the increasing trend of labor mobility across Asian countries it has been discussed as one of important social security issues how to promote the portability of social security across countries. I am confident that you all could understand the need to further strengthen the function of the multilateral cooperation mechanism like the Association for the concerted reaction against the environmental changes. Many renowned scholars, researchers and futurists have predicted that 21st century would be the age of Asia. In this regard, countries in the Asian region need to strengthen the communication and cooperation, collaboration among ourselves. Korea is very happy to be the facilitator as well as promotor between Asian countries. I thank you all in advance for your cooperation and every activity in our Association. And looking forward to deeper development of the Association in all areas in the coming years, I would like to wish everyone here good health and happiness. Thank you.
Shim Kyung woo Chairperson of AWCA President of COMWEL
Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service(COMWEL) is one of public organization in the Republic of Korea, which is entrusted by the Minister of Employment and Labor. COMWEL has provided various social security and labor welfare services and programs as specified in relevant laws and regulations, including integrated assessment and billing of employment insurance and workers’ compensation insurance benefits, medical care, rehabilitation services, loan service, credit guarantee, wage claim guarantee, retirement pension plan, etc. COMWEL contributes to the improvement of workers’ quality of life through optimal workers’ compensation programs, rehabilitation supports and welfare services. Especially, COMWEL operates 10 hospitals and various rehabilitation programs to promote return to work for injured workers. COMWEL is wholeheartedly helping injured workers so that they can return to a life as it was prior to occupational accidents through a variety of rehabilitation and medical services. As a workers’ welfare agency that provides the highest quality of service, COMWEL is committed to the welfare and happiness of working people by taking customer satisfaction as top priority. COMWEL is striving to become a Social Welfare Agency that workers can trust the most during hardship by improving business process and meeting customer demands with customer-oriented thinking and through respecting the voice on the scene.