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The potential of social entrepreneurship is underused

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Podgorica, PR Press Service - Montenegro is still not using all the potential and possibilities of social entrepreneurship regarding the new jobs and poverty reduction, while the future legal regulation of that area is necessary.  

That has been concluded at the regional conference about social entrepreneurship as a sound way for inclusion and poverty reduction - “JAKA model for strong Montenegro”, organized by CARE International Balkan.

The representative of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, Elmedin Rovčanin, said that Montenegro and countries in the region still haven’t started using the entire potential and possibilities that the social entrepreneurship can give.

“However, the applied experience coming from this area emerges. This type of entrepreneurship is more and more considered to be a new instrument that will contribute to higher level of social inclusion and activity of the most vulnerable population groups”, Rovčanin said.

According to his words, Montenegro still doesn’t have the strategy for development of social entrepreneurship, but, as he added, certain activities have been taken in this regard.

“The development of social entrepreneurship in Montenegro can be an important driver in developing local self-government and generator of creating new jobs, particularly for most vulnerable groups, which will result in poverty reduction through the utilization of community potential”, Rovčanin believes.

It is necessary, as he added, to clearly define social entrepreneurship, to consider the opportunity of introduction of tax relieves for social entrepreneurs, as well as to inform the community more about social entrepreneurship.

Head of TACSO office in Montenegro, Goran Đurović, said that legal definition is important but the law itself won’t create or stimulate the development of social enterprises in Montenegro.

“We in Montenegro do not have the network that will support the work of all enterprises, both social and traditional ones, and it’s necessary that the entire system functions properly”, Đurović claims.

He stated that the social entrepreneurship is expected to be mechanism for stimulation of employment, in order to reduce this problem to be resolved in the forthcoming period.

Head of CARE International Balkans, Sumka Bučan, said that cooperatives are way of managing, noting that women supported through grants are backbones of social enterprises.

“The purpose of establishment of cooperatives is to provide women with the access to the market, so they can legally sell their products. Cooperatives are present for technical support, advising, opportunity to gather, associating, to have stronger voice in the society so they can fight for their rights more efficiently”, according to the words of Bučan.

She believes that the decision makers should give social entrepreneurship a chance, and that there should be relieves for persons engaged in social entrepreneurship.

“This way, they are not only making new job positions, but also they are trying to do a social good. We have double benefit from social enterprises and hopefully that will be recognized by the decision makers”, said Bučan.

The representative of the Delegation of the European Union in Montenegro, Miguel Magro Gomez, stated that the project has made direct impact on 500 men and women in the region.

“With that, we have increased the number of employees, as well as the impact on the market, and also made an impact on the incomes in the families. A lot of the work will be done in the area of social entrepreneurship through grants and cooperation with the Government, thus I believe this is the area on which we can focus in years ahead”, said Gomez.

President of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Montenegro, Edita Dautović, thinks that the state wants to help women in private business, but that can’t be seen in practice.

“I believe that employees in the certain institutions should be more responsive. I invite all the women that haven’t started their business to call us and gain our support through the program we implement” Dautović stated.

Executive Director of Center for Roma Initiative, Fana Delija, stated that, when it comes to economic empowerment, one should bear in mind that over 80 percent of adult women of Roma and Egyptian community is illiterate.

“An additional effort is needed in order to motivate those women to recognize social entrepreneurship as a model for them to be independent. Unfortunately, in Montenegro no more than ten Roma and Egyptian women employed”, explained Delija.

The Director of Open Center Bona Fide, Sabina Talović, said that all the women in Montenegro are good entrepreneurs because they do everything for their families to survive.

“Women in Montenegro protect other women from violence, they make support services, run organizations for children with disabilities. What women, especially those up north, want from their state, is to recognize them, to stop discriminating them and to stop respecting them only at the time of elections”, Talović said.

 

 

 

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