Social and solidarity economy in Morocco: € 1.5 million to strengthen the regulatory framework

A subsidy agreement of 1.5 million euros (M €) aimed at strengthening the regulatory framework of the social and solidarity economy (ESS) was signed, Thursday in Rabat, between the Ministry of Tourism, Crafts , air transport and social economy and the French Development Agency (AFD). Concluded by the Minister of Tourism, Crafts, Air Transport and Social Economy, Nadia Fettah Alaoui, the Ambassador of France to Morocco, Hélène Le Gal and the Director of AFD in Rabat, Mihoub Mezouaghi, the objective of this agreement is to implement technical assistance intended to support the ministry in updating the draft framework law in favor of SSE with a view to further developing its economic potential and adapting it to the new challenges of the comeback. This technical assistance is based on three key stages, namely a diagnostic study and the mobilization of stakeholders in the SSE ecosystem, updating of the framework law, the text of the law and its implementing decrees. , as well as support for the establishment of social innovation support mechanisms for the SSE. The government, aware of the potentialities and opportunities offered by the SSE sector, is committed to the promotion and development of this sector, as a local economy, through sector policies and strategies, has said Ms. Fettah Alaoui in a statement to the press during the signing ceremony of this convention. This is a dynamic stimulated by the advent of the National Initiative for Human Development, placing SSE companies at the center of the human development process, she argued, noting that this dynamic is reinforced by the ministry’s strategy, which is based on a participatory approach that aims to initiate a real change of scale through the promotion of collective and social entrepreneurship and to preserve the values ​​and principles that drive this economy. To this end, the Minister underlined that the ambition for this framework bill is to make SSE known and recognized, as an economic and social sector in its own right and to agree on a clear vision of the roles and responsibilities of all institutional and professional actors, particularly in terms of the implementation of public policies for the promotion of this sector. It is also a question of establishing the accompanying incentive measures in terms of financing, monitoring, good governance, training, exchange of expertise and social innovations and a repositioning on strategies and other laws in force. force, said Ms. Fettah Alaoui. For her part, Ms. Le Gal welcomed this new partnership between Morocco and AFD, which will first and foremost highlight the Moroccan and French experiences for capitalization in terms of law and governance of the SSE. In this regard, she indicated that the sharing of experiences between the two countries in this area constitutes a channel of cooperation likely to stimulate new forms of partnerships in favor of social innovations, in particular for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations and for the shared benefit of both countries. For his part, Mr. Mezouaghi noted that the potential of the social and solidarity economy is probably underestimated, since it is often reduced to the sole fabric of agricultural cooperatives, noting that entrepreneurship, housing, health and education are also key components of this sector, whose contribution can reach 12 to 15% of the GDP in certain European countries. And to add: “We are observing more initiatives with a social, environmental and economic impact, most often carried by local actors rooted in a territory and when these are included in an institutional framework favorable to their development and When aggregated, these initiatives can then have a strong leverage effect on economic growth and social resilience ”. This communication and awareness campaign to strengthen the regulatory framework for SSE will be deployed throughout the project. The political will to erect the SSE as a contributor to wealth and development constitutes one of the responses to the socio-economic challenges of Morocco, by reconciling the principles of equity and social justice with economic development. The strengthening of the regulatory framework and the promotion of SSE in the regions will thus make it possible to clarify the nature and role of SSE actors in addition to identifying and implementing the regulatory mechanisms necessary for the consolidation of SSE. a more integrated ecosystem.