In a speech delivered at the International Conference Center (ICC) on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Djerad said that "the latest constitutional amendment confirms the strong political will to work effectively for the social and economic integration of persons with disabilities and their involvement in the construction of the institutional edifice," highlighting their performance in various areas of life, both cultural, economic and sports, and their impressive results in official examinations.
This category of society has also distinguished itself, through a host of medal-winning athletes, by raising the national emblem in international competitions, and also contributed to the process of economic development through several projects in the service of the country, he added.
Djerad stressed, in this regard, that the "unquestionable" determination of the Government to implement policies and programs of protection and promotion of people with special needs, "is achieved through measures and mechanisms aimed at consolidating their rights, while ensuring that the associative movement is involved in the development of effective programs and strategies in their favor, in coordination with all actors, including the media," which, he said, "work to highlight this potential through the forums and social networks."
He also mentioned the coordination with various United Nations bodies, including the United Nations Population Fund to "strengthen the capacities and skills of this social fringe and promote them at the international level through the exchange of experiences and the adaptation to international standards of their productions in order to offer them opportunities for access to international markets."
In this context, Djerad stressed "the importance of working together to meet the challenges we are facing today in view of the health crisis to make it a catalyst for more perseverance to achieve the expected goals.
The celebration of the International Day of People with Special Needs, on December 3 of each year under the aegis of the United Nations, "reflects the international interest in this category which has demonstrated, both nationally and globally, its capacities and skills in contributing to the building process at all levels," said the Prime Minister.
"Capacities supported by legal frameworks including provisions consolidating the place of people with special needs, such as those of Law 02/09 of May 8, 2002 on the protection and promotion of persons with disabilities."
On this occasion, the Prime Minister handed over electric chairs and housing keys to a number of people with special needs, awards to athletes and electronic Koran books to prize-winning students from the three levels of education.
In addition, Djerad presented to Chirine Abdellaoui his letter of credence as a UN Goodwill Ambassador.
In a brief statement, Djerad said that "the support and protection of this category must also be the responsibility of society in all its components, and not only the public authorities," welcoming the role of the media in highlighting successful examples in grey areas in different provinces.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister oversaw the launch of a digital platform entitled "National Solidarity Listening."
Shortly before the start of the festivities of this day, the Prime Minister visited an exhibition of successful projects of disabled people beneficiaries of the program of the National Agency for the Management of Micro-credit (ANGEM), encouraging the various exhibitors to take up the challenges to distinguish themselves in their fields.
Stressing the importance of the participation of people with special needs in socio-economic life, Djerad said that my public authorities "are obliged to give priority to the integration of this important category in society and to ensure the necessary opportunities."
He called, in this sense, "a national initiative to facilitate access of people with special needs to different public administrations through the communes and and their movement by their own means.