Convergences Tunisia Forum 2019 « Social Solidarity Economy & Tunisian Transitions »
AMEF Consulting participated in the second edition of the Convergences Tunisia Forum 2019 on Friday, June 13, 2019 at the Beit Al Hikma Palace in Carthage, under the theme « Social and Solidarity Economy & Tunisian Transitions ». An event organized by Convergences Tunisia, a platform for thought that promotes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Albert Einstein used to say « The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence». Indeed, the gathering of different actors of the social and solidarity economy was an opportunity to exchange and discuss several topics in many workshops, some of which focused on our business expertise and more especially on Inclusive Finance & microfinance and Green Finance.
Our participation has focused on six workshops addressing complementary subjects and illustrating concrete experiences, including the green economy, gender economic equality and the creative economy.
Overview of the interventions of the various speakers:
In terms of financial inclusion, including women and youth:
- To ease the access to finance for companies by providing technical supports to banks, investment funds and microfinance institutions.
- To promote the creation of a fair-trade label: ensuring a quality/price ratio guaranteeing a better income and better supervision fot women in rural areas in order to become formal economic actors.
- To foster women entrepreneurship by developing financial training for women entrepreneurs
- To promote the entrepreneurship culture, create social cohesiveness and support the youth through several initiatives like PROMESS (Promotion of Organizations and Mechanisms of the SSE), a program initiated by the International Labor Organization (ILO).
- To diversify solidarity financing products and tools: Crowdfunding being the perfect example.
In terms of climate change:
- To set up various programs for the promotion of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency. For example, The SUNREF program which is characterized by a green credit line developed for companies by AFD (French Development Agency).
- To involve relevant stakeholders in the fight against climate change.
- To educe carbon intensity by 41% in 2030 in Tunisia compared to 2010.
- To work even more on training, supporting and marketing of green financing credit lines for banks.