Tunis Afrique Presse, May 19, 2015
Gammarth — Prime Minister Habib Essid said the government is currently developing a comprehensive national strategy to organise, structure, regulate and define the areas of intervention, funding and managing the sector of social and solidarity economy.
Speaking Tuesday in Gammarth at the opening of a tripartite national conference on “Social and Solidarity Economy: Catalyst for Development and Employment,” Essid spoke of the launch of a comprehensive training programme and upgrading human resources operating in this sector based on joint investment initiatives through a participatory approach developed by associations, private health insurance companies and co-operatives.
The PM said the social and solidarity economy promotes the establishment of a local and regional development. It also values local resources so as to ensure a sustainable development, protect the environment and facilitate the socio-economic integration of poor communities, he added.
Essid said the government has started preparing for the stage of significant reforms and defining a new development model based on added-value sectors and activities. This model gives priority to new sectors such as the social and solidarity economy as a third sector which has been annexed to the public and private sectors, he said.
The PM commended the efforts of the private sector in boosting growth and increasing job opportunities, expressing will to consolidate this sector and its role in launching development projects, thanks to the provisions to be included in the new investment code that will be submitted to the cabinet meeting soon.