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Chahed presents development plan in social and solidarity economy

Published the:  05/07/2017

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(TAP)- The President of the Government Youssef Chahed announced on Wednesday that the development plan in the social and solidarity economy (SSE) sector will be based on a legal framework adapted to the new Tunisian Constitution provisions.

According to him, the plan will help deep root the citizen project, based on the principles of freedom, democracy, dignity, social justice, equity of opportunities, gender equality and the right of all social categories to sustainable development.

Chahed specified at the opening of the national conference on the theme "Social and solidarity economy: development lever in Tunisia," that this plan will help establish a system of national and regional governance with a view to deep rooting the principles of participatory and regional action and good governance.

Therefore, he said, the government will examine the possibility to create an independent public structure dedicated to the SSE that will ensure co-ordination between governmental structures and civil society components involved in this field and conceive the strategic vision, policies and programmes in the matter and follow up their progress.

The plan also envisages the creation of a higher council of the SSE, which will be called upon to present its points of view on the sector's policies and general guidelines and to monitor their implementation and evaluation.

In addition, a specialized statistical system is expected to be set up to provide reliable data on SSE to facilitate monitoring and evaluation.

A financing system that respects the sector's specificities will also be designed to ensure adequate financing to social and solidarity economy enterprises, through the launch of specific credit lines, simplification of credit granting measures to boost the private initiative in this field and make the make the best use of funding programmes as part of international co-operation.

Besides, the plan projects setting up a national programme aimed to boost the solidarity initiative, in order to entrench the SSE culture among youths and encourage them join this field, in addition to devising a communication strategy to promote the principles and specificities of the SSE.

"The economic situation in Tunisia requires the use of this new development model, which will help our economic and financial indicators resume their usual pace in a first phase," Chahed pointed out, estimating that this model will help reform our national economy to become inclusive, equitable, solidary and social.

On the basis of this principle, he added, the 2016-2020 development plan has made of the SSE a third complementary sector to both public and private sectors, given its direct role in driving growth, employment and the achievement of comprehensive development.

He recalled that the strategic study on the SSE conducted as part of co-operation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is the first of its kind in Tunisia and will be a reference to implement the development plan in addition to its conformity with the social contract and the Carthage Document.