Ipec directs pension industry to cushion pensioners

Ipec directs pension industry to cushion pensioners

Staff Writer

The Insurance and Pension Commission (Ipec) has immediate directed the pension industry to apply ZW$36 000 in the determination of

commutation and preservation amounts for pensioners as it seeks to cushion pensioners from the ever deterioration pension benefits.

The monthly pension applicable for commutation and preservation purposes was pegged at six thousand dollars (ZW$6000) per annum, which translates to ZW$500 per month.

In a circular to pensions industry yesterday, Ipec said the amount is prescribed in terms of sections 21 and 24 of the Pension and Provident Funds Regulations, Statutory Instrument 323 0f 1991 as amended by Statutory Instrument 91 of 2020 and has become very low considering
the obtaining economic environment.

In response, the Commission submitted proposed amendment of regulations prescribing minimum pensions to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

“The Commission hereby exempt the pensions industry, in terms of section 24 of the Pension and Provident Funds Act [Chapter 24:09], from applying the prescribed minimum pension of ZW$6000 in the determination of commutation and preservation.

In line with this exemption, the pensions industry shall apply ZW$36 000 in the determination of commutation and preservation amounts.

The application of this revised amount is with immediate effect.” The proposed amendments are intended to review the minimum pensions upwards to thirty-six thousand dollars (ZW$36 000) per annum.

The proposed amendments are yet to be gazette as law resulting in the continued application of ZW$6000 dollars as the minimum pension.

“The Commission recognizes the plight of pensioners, in particular the urgent need: To cushion pensioners through an upward review of the minimum pension in the determination of the qualifying criteria for commutation and preservation purposes.

To enhance the monetary value realised by exiting fund members through the application of a reviewed minimum pension in the determination of commutations, to promote the welfare of pensioners to take into account the current macro-economic environment. Minimum Pension to be applied in determination of Commutation and Preservation Amounts.”