of Professions, Occupations and Vocations has set out as an objective,
to improve the statute, the professional performances and the productivity
of the selected categories while encouraging and promoting the observance
of ethical rules and codes of ethics.
professional categories concerned in the first phase would be the
craftsmen, the fish breeders, the beekeepers and service providers.
But the project could extend to include other categories.
the profile of the activities to be promoted, they should be useful
to the economy and to the national interest and/or offer work opportunities
on the labor market. They could be existing activities already practiced
in Lebanon, or new activities which it might be opportune to introduce
and promote. Activities such as ceramics, blown glass and wrought
iron could act as one of the first "sparks" of this project.
how does the plan's anatomy present itself?
implementation of this project will imply working at six levels:
(surveys and statistical studies).
and Vocational Training (initial and continuous training).
This would take place at both technical and artistic levels.
would involve marketing through the establishment and promotion
of cooperatives and consumers markets.
would involve the reinforcement of health and sanitary conditions
and environment protection.
would involve the evolution of Laws and Regulations.
is consequently included in the process of revitalization of professions,
occupations and vocations and forms an essential support to it.
of the greatest international experts in micro-credit once stated
that: "Micro-credit is meant to help each individual to reach
his or her potential. It does not evoke the monetary capital, but
the human capital". Micro-credit
addresses then the human capital.
amounts - in the framework of this project - to help groups of individuals
belonging to specific professional categories to go to the end of
their capacities by making them benefit from an accompanying process
going from the learning and the perfecting phase of a profession,
occupation or vocation to the terminal commercial one.
not only would we offer them the adequate framework to improve their
professional performances but also - and above all - we would initiate
them to all the chain of operations necessary to succeed in an enterprise.
this would mean - in the framework of this project - an inversion
of the steps that are usually taken: instead of going from a wide
range of borrowers and afterward taking an interest in the activities
that they carry out, we would on the contrary, go from a scrupulous
selection of activities useful to the economy and to the national
interest to take afterward an interest in those who carry them out.
would therefore promote professions, occupations and vocations and
all selected professional activities through, among other tools,
only would this approach be useful to the economy and to the national
interest but it would have the great advantage of strongly sensitizing
one of the main actors of micro-credit, which is the banking sector.
Its current lukewarm state could be partially explained by the little
interest banks give to the activities usually concerned by micro-credit.
This attitude might however drastically alter in case of change
of "menu" - that is - if better targeted and more motivating
activities were suggested to them. If well conceived and carried
out, such an initiative would further a considerable qualitative
jump to micro-credit, not only in our country, but also beyond our
new life into professions, occupations and vocations is definitely
an ambitious challenge.