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International Forum of Social and Solidarity Economy, October 17-20, 2011, in Montreal

International Forum of Social and Solidarity Economy 2011

June 10th, 2011 – The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), the Québec Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ARCQ) and the Chantier de l’économie sociale are happy to announce their collaboration on the occasion of the International Forum of Social and Solidarity Economy (FIESS), which will take place from October 17th to 20th, 2011, in Montreal. As the official radio broadcasters of the FIESS, AMARC and ARCQ will actively contribute to the exposure of this event.
As social economy actors, we are very proud to participate in the FIESS, which will contribute to the promotion and development of the social and solidarity economy. We invite all our partners to be present at this event.

Social and Solidarity Economy – a Movement that is Growing in Size Here and Abroad

This international event will certainly be a privileged time for the recognition of the growing importance that the social and solidarity economy has taken in economic development strategies. In this respect, AMARC Secretary-General, Mr. Marcelo Solervicens, emphasizes that « this forum will be the opportunity to reinforce the relationships between community radio broadcasters and organizations of the social economy both here and abroad and to request public policies from States that ensure the sustainability of this promising economic sector ».

Québec has achieved international recognition as an important actor of the social economy for its dynamism and its contribution in the building of successful partnerships between public authorities and civil society at the national, regional and local levels. « Community radios are stakeholders of the Quebec social economy movement. The FIESS will not only enhance best practices, but will also permit learning from experiences taking place on other continents », emphasizes Lise Morissette, ARCQ president.


Indeed, by its participatory and interactive approach, the FIESS will be a forum for discussion and knowledge sharing on methods and practices of several North and South countries, thus facilitating the co-construction of public policies that have contributed to encourage the growth of the social and solidarity economy organizations seeking economic and social development objectives. The FIESS agenda includes several components, including field visits, keynote speakers dinners, special events and workshops. To learn more about the agenda or for further information, visit www.fiess2011.org .




The social economy in Quebec is made up of approximately 7000 companies, cooperatives and not for profit organizations, active in 20 economic sectors (arts and culture, food industry, retail industry, environment, collective real estate, leisure and tourism, information and communications technologies, media, manufacturing, personal services, etc.). It employs more than 125,000 people with an annual financial turnover of more than 17 billion dollars, representing roughly 8 % of the Québec's GDP.

For further information:


Martin Frappier
Strategic files officer
martin.frappier@chantier.qc.ca / 1-514-899-9916 extension 236

Caroline Jodoin
Communications officer
communications@arcq.qc.ca / 1-514-287-9094

Marcelo Solervicens
AMARC Secretary-General
secgen@si.amarc.org / 1-514-982-0351

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