New Urban Agenda and perspectives for the street vendors in HABITAT III Conference
The HABITAT III Conference, also known as the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development is going to be held in Quito, Ecuador, on 17-20 October 2016.
Since the conference will bring together a large range of urban actors including local authorities, civil society, representatives of workers in the informal economy, the private sector, academic and professional institutions, and all other relevant interest groups to review urban policies affecting the future of cities, we street and market vendors have a right to become part of those actors who draft a New Urban Agenda for all of us.
IFWEA Meeting of the Executive Committee to discuss its Strategic Plan and Education Program
On 29 - 30 May, 2016 a Meeting of the Executive Committee of IFWEA took place in Gothenburg, Sweden.
IFWEA - International Federation of Workers` Education Associations is the international organisation responsible for the development of workers` education. It brings together national and international trade unions, workers` education associations, NGOs and foundations engaged in the provision of adult education opportunities for workers and the communities in which they live throughout the world. StreetNet International is also affiliated to the IFWEA.
At the invitation of Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund (ABF), its affiliate in Sweden, the International Federation of Workers` Education Associations (IFWEA) held its Executive Committee meeting on 29thand 30th of May 2016 at Gothenburg, Sweden. Particularly, IFWEA Strategic Plan for 2016-2019, the financial report of the 22nd Congress held in 2015 and new affiliations were topics to be examined. The meeting was chaired by Susan Schuman, President of the IFWEA. Helen Pettersson, the President of ABF and also Vice-President of IFWEA addressed the meeting as the host organization.
Representatives of small businesses of Moldova threaten authorities with protest actions
Representatives of small Business Association demand from the authorities to introduce a special (fixed) tax for small businesses and to declare from January 1, 2017 a 10-year moratorium on any changes in legislation which relates to promotion of small businesses. They claimed, in case their demands are not taken into account by the authorities, small entrepreneurs would start protest actions, according to a report of realitatea.md.
"While the issue of importance of the business environment to create jobs and capacity building of tax transfers is being discussed a lot and assertively, the actual state of things has not been changing. Moreover, it is expected that from the beginning of 2017 the activity of more than 40 thousand small (street) traders will not be allowed (according to the Law ? 121 as of 29.05.2008 paragraph 5 of Art. 17 these working places will be eliminated).
The situation in small business sector is already complicated due to the discriminatory economic policies: expensive credit resources, bureaucracy, unfair competition, corruption at all administrative levels, aggressive nepotism and therefore incompetent staff in the ministries and departments", - says Mr. Eugen Roshkovan the Chairman of Association of small business.
The Bill on small and medium-sized enterprises has been submitted to the parliamentary commission. But until now, the content of the document is unknown, no one is interested in a civil society's opinion on this issue,"- says Roshkovan.
5th Congress of Unión de Profesionales y Trabajadores Autónomos (UPTA) elects new leadership
The Fifth Congress of UPTA approved the Comprehensive Plan for the recovering of Self-Employment (Plan Integral para la Recuperación del Trabajo Autónomo- PIRTA) which includes an ambitious goal of generational replacement in the group.
On May 19, UPTA, Affiliate of StreetNet International from Spain successfully held its fifth Congress.