Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights presents alternative development project
24/06/2019 19:06, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The current development model contradicts with the economic and social rights enshrined in the 2014 Constitution, which require a strong culture of solidarity and a state that guarantees these rights, Abdeljelil Bedoui, head of the Studies Department of the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) said on Monday.

At a press conference held in Tunis on the theme "What model of sustainable, equitable and democratic alternative development", Bedoui stressed the need to "design an alternative development model whose main orientations must be supported by a minimum of consensus and which must reflect the country's interest".

The economist also referred to the shortcomings of the current liberal model, which he said was "behind the widening regional and social disparities, the emergence of precarious employment and the deterioration in the quality of social services".

He pointed to the increasing cost of the current development model and the dumping policies it promotes, which in no way serve the issues of democratic and economic transition.

The draft alternative model proposed by the forum is based, according to Bedoui, on a break with the prevailing dogmatism and ideological considerations specific to the liberal model, but also on the need to reform the State and its links with society and the economy.

As regards the diagnosis of the economic fabric, Bedoui stressed the need for the transition from the expansion mode to the intensification mode and for a scattered economic fabric to a coherent, integrated and complementary sectoral and territorial fabric, which would form a more developed economic fabric.

He stressed the need to give the role of the State the place it deserves, especially in the field of sectoral policies and the redistribution of wealth, with the implementation of major reforms in the State's relationship with society and the economy and in international relations.

Bedoui stressed the importance of adopting policies for the distribution and redistribution of wealth, from an alternative development model that makes social issues an axial domain that acts as an engine of development to limit the negative effects of neoliberal choices.

He considered that the implementation of active and equitable policies for the distribution and redistribution of wealth requires accelerating the reform of the tax system to ensure that the burden of taxation is shared in a comprehensive manner by making the informal economy subject to the contribution to the tax effort, especially since this economy is becoming the monopoly of a large part of the wealth, in addition to combating tax evasion and the spoliation of money.

The interlocutor shed light on part of the alternative development project in the latter axis concerning the development of the capacity to finance the economy, through the increase in national savings, especially public savings, which requires a real, integral and equitable tax reform in terms of the distribution of tax charges.

He stressed the need to limit the use of foreign financing in order to reduce external debt, to direct FDI towards priority sectors and to encourage investment of the benefits of these projects at the local level.

The alternative development project, presented on Monday in the framework of the international conference, held under the theme "what kind of development, equitable, sustainable and democratic", is an analytical work carried out by the FTDES in collaboration with experts from civil society representatives, professional organisations and regional and central movements on alternative development model for Tunisia during the next phase.

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