At present, entrepreneurs of the Popular and Solidarity Economy (EPS) have gained spaces for participation in public policies in the economic, social and productive areas.
The impulse to this productive sector begins with its recognition. The Constitution promulgated in Montecristi (Manabí) in 2008 states in article 283: “The economic system will be integrated into the forms of public, private, mixed, popular, and supportive economic organization, as well as those this Constitution determines,” and with the inclusion of policies in the National Plan of Good Living that in article 8 proposes “to consolidate the social economic and solidarity system, in a sustainable way.”
According to the President of the EPS Chamber of Esmeraldas and member of the Executive Committee representing the guild Andrés Carrera, the guidance and opportunities provided by the State allowed them to form associations, consolidate their services and strengthen themselves as productive organizations.
“We have experienced a profound change, from being stagnant to being part of the national productive engine,” said the trade union official. This upturn in the Popular and Solidarity Economy sectors is reflected in their participation in the state acquisitions through the public procurement website. The National Public Procurement Service (Sercop) strengthened the Inclusive Dynamic Catalogs, a modality that prioritizes the EPS goods and services. (I)