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Mandatory social protection for self-employed workers


Presidential Decree 97/22 of 2 May (the “Decree”) came into force on 2 May and it defines the Legal Framework for Mandatory Social Protection for Self-Employed Workers and expressly revokes Decree 42/08 of 3 July.

Under the terms of this Decree, it is mandatory for “workers who engage in professional activity without being subject to an employment contract” to be covered by this new framework. In other words, it covers workers without a binding employment relationship, who are commonly referred to as self-employed workers, whether they are Angolan or resident foreigners. The only exception is for workers who can demonstrate that they are covered by the social protection system of another country.


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