From June 29 to July 2, 2015 nearly one hundred people participated in the first ever International Conference on Social and Solidarity Economy held at the University of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. The event was organized by the University’s Center for the Study of Management, Local Development and Tourism that forms part of the School of Economics with principal meetings taking place in Viñales.
Participants included seventy-five Cubans from four provinces along with 20 foreign delegates from Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Among the speakers were Paul Singer, director of SENAES in Brazil, Hugo Jacomé, Superintendent of the Popular and Solidarity Economy of Ecuador, Harold Villegas, Vice Minister of Labor of Costa Rica, and Narcedalia Ramirez, director of INAES of Mexico.
Some of the topics presented included:
- Social / Solidarity Economics and Enterprise Social Responsability: Their Role in Strategies for National development
- Perspectives for Cooperative Development
- Innovation and Social Responsibility: Premises for Local Sustainable Development
- Public Management Model for Developing the Cooperative Sector at the Municipal Level
- Social/Solidarity Economy: Challenges and Opportunities from the Cuban Experience
- Non-Agricultural Cooperatives: An Evaluation Two-Year Out
- Methodology for Implementing a System of Social Responsibility Indicators for Local Areas
The program also provided an opportunity for numerous presentations of case studies for individual cooperatives as well as field visits for impact assessments.
Below are several images from the International Conference: