Support for the Creation of a Structure of Coordination of Local Development Activities

The Provincial Council of Barcelona provided technical assistance to the city of Sousse on issues related to the economic promotion of the territory and the creation of a local development coordination structure. 

This assistance was carried out by Mr. Roger Pumares, Head of Sector of Productive Fabric of the Provincial Council of Barcelona, and Mr. Eduard Barcons, from the Local Development Agency (ADL) of the county Berguedà in Catalonia, a public-private concertation agency responsible for designing and implementing local development activities at the supra-municipal level.

The first mission of the Provincial Council of Barcelona helped identify possible collaboration issues between the two institutions, while the second mission focused directly on the opportunities and the methodologies for putting in place a structure of actors and activities for the economic promotion of the territory. The experts met with stakeholders from the city of Sousse and with municipal representatives, sharing with them the experience of ADL Berguedà, while gathering information on the existing resources for the economic promotion of the territory.

This structure would be an approximation of the model of local development agencies existing in the province of Barcelona. It would probably include the office that will be created for the implementation of the City Development Strategy of Sousse that was adopted in April 2014 as a result of USUDS project. The ADL of Berguedà will accompany the Municipality of Sousse in the process to be undertaken for the creation of this structure by providing recommendations and proposals regarding the function and the services of such an agency.

The result of this assessment is a report, which presents the process to be undertaken by the city of Sousse in order to implement the basis of a public-private cooperation structure that would lead to the creation of a Local Development Agency. The report is primarily focused on the first steps of this process, rather than the final result and formal constitution of the Agency. It is considered an official declaration of intent necessary in order to bring the stakeholders together for defining the competencies and services of the future agency, the structures of coordination among the different participant institutions, the juridical format and the decision-making process that this local development agency would have in the long term.