Workshop on draft law related to social and solidarity economy | Tunisia News Gazette

Workshop on draft law related to social and solidarity economy

The assessment made on the social and solidarity economy (SSE) in Tunisia revealed the existence of several difficulties halting its development, said Secretary of State in charge of Vocational Training and Private Initiative Saida Lounissi.

In her opening remarks of a workshop held Tuesday in Tunis at the initiative of Vocational Training and Employment Ministry, in partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), on the draft law related to the SSE, Lounissi pointed out that the lack of a legal framework and a clear and precise definition of the SSE concept are among the main difficulties.

She also pointed out the lack of an institutional framework that structures this sector and funding mechanisms.

The promotion of the SSE is one of the strategic priorities of the 2016-2020 development plan, she specified, considering that the SSE contributes to the reduction of the unemployment rate and social precariousness and facilitates the young entrepreneurs’ access to funding and markets.

The action plan in this field is based on setting up a unified and inclusive legal framework adapted to the content of the new constitution, notably regarding social justice, equal opportunities and the establishment of a good governance system at the national and regional levels, Lounissi indicated.

The consecration of the social justice principles is also inherent to the creation of an independent public structure in charge of this sector and the setting-up of an economic, social and solidarity council as part of a participatory approach, she added.

Financing lines adapted to the specifities of the sector must also be created and procedures to encourage youths to invest must be facilitated.

The draft law on the SSE which is part of the project for the development of organisations and SSE mechanisms (expected to be presented to the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) on December) was worked out in consultation with all stakeholders, including the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) and the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) and by referring to compared experiences of other countries.

Source: TAP News Agency

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