November 2016 #8




 Open borders for Mediterranean economic cooperation in the digital age 
With growth rates announced by 3 to 4% for North Africa, 7% in West Africa and 2.5% for the Gulf, the Africa - Middle East area represents a major leverage for European growth and competitiveness in the coming years. The countries of this region are also in search of technology partnerships to improve their industrial value, and of strategic investment to prepare for the post-oil era. 
Thus, in the Global competition, the EMEA (Europe - Middle-East - Africa) which brings together markets among the most promising in the world, innovation and technologies centers and financial resources ready to be invested appears to be the right economic space for economic cooperation and strategic dialogue.
How digital is moving the borders of business and cooperation in the Mediterranean? Which are the new sectors, practices and stakeholders emerging? Why does the EMEA (Europe - Middle-East - Africa) region become the new area of exchange for political and economic decision-makers? These questions were at the centre of the rich debates between speakers and participants in the EMEA Business Forum, organised on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of ANIMA Investment Network with the support of EUROMED Invest and in the context of the Mediterranean Economic Week on 2 and 3 November 2016 in Marseille.


The EUROMED Invest coordination team


MIPO Report: 10 years of foreign investment and business partnerships in the Mediterranean
The MED countries have confirmed over the past 10 years that they were for good on the map of international investors and they have attracted a growing number of strategic projects, yet not reaching the performance that could be expected from the region. ANIMA analyses the dynamics at work and presents 3 regional initiatives for a more attractive Mediterranean region and more effective FDI projects.

ITC and EU to launch EuroMed Trade Helpdesk
In the Southern Mediterranean region, intra-regional trade is well below potential. One of the biggest constraints is a widespread lack of affordable, high-quality trade information. Finding the data for in-depth market analysis requires companies to make major investments of time and financial resources. In collaboration with 9 participating countries and with financial support from the European Union (EU), the International Trade Centre (ITC) has implemented the EuroMed Trade Helpdeskto improve economic and regional integration between Mediterranean countries. 
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EUROMED Invest Roadshow at Amman
The first EUROMED Invest operation in Jordan took place in Amman, on last 27-28 September 2016. The EUROMED Invest Roadshow saw the organisation of a workshop focusing on Business to Business and Innovation to Business cooperation opportunities between EU and Jordan followed by BtoB meeting sessions. 
DiasporaLab Maghreb
As part of EUROMED Invest project, ACIM organised a Masterclass for entrepreneurs of the Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian diaspora living in Europe and holders of an investment project in their home country. 
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See the YouTube video (only in French)
EMI @Sun Med Festival
From 26 September to 2 October 2016, the city of Palermo hosted the Sun Med Festival, the closing event of the initiative 'Small scale thermal solar district units for Mediterranean communities' (STS-Med), funded under the CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme.

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EMI @ EEN Meeting
On 7 September 2016 EUROMED Invest participated in the Enterprise Europe Network annual meeting among Business Co-operation Centres from Africa and the Near East which took place in Hambourg, Germany.  A representative from the Coordination team of the project presented possible funding/cooperation opportunities for business support activities. 
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Young Entrepreneurs Master Class Beirut
The Euro-Arab Business Council for SMEs (EABC) organised a Young Entrepreneurs Master Class that took place in Beirut on 31 May 2016. The event provided training to the benefit of almost 20 Lebanese entrepreneurs in order to enhance their skills and competencies in the areas of Social Entrepreneurship and Responsible Businesses. 
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Voka Mentoring Alexandrie
From 26 to 29 August 2016, Voka organised a mentoring activity in Alexandria and in cooperation with CEEBA and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Alexandria.
This activity aimed at making staff of Egyptian business support organisations and exporting agricultural and food businesses familiar with EU legislation in their sphere of work. 
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Business Roadshow Tunisia, JNTT 2016 
9-10 November 2016, Tunis, Tunisia
Mentoring Complexe industriel et technologique du Kef  
14-16 November, Trevi, Italy 
Green Batimed 
24-25 November, Casablanca, Morocco
21-25 November 2016, Torino, Italy 
EUROMED Invest at the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders 
1 December 2016, Barcelona, Spain
Agro-commerce Mentoring Programme 
4-6 December, Bizerte, Tunisia


Project Managers: Oussama DahmaniMonica Airoldi

Communication Officer: Inmaculada Ruiz



 This publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of ANIMA Investment Network and can in no way be taken to reflect the view of the European Union.


EUROMED Invest is a three years programme (2013-2016), with a €5 million budget, 80% of which is financed by the European Union and 20% by the MedAlliance Consortium, the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur Region and the City of Marseille. It is coordinated by ANIMA Investment Network in the framework of the MedAlliance consortium which consists of 6 members: Eurochambres (Association of European Chambers of Commerce), ASCAME (Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce), BusinessMed (Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises), EMDC (Euro-med Development Center for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), GACIC (German-Arab Chamber of Commerce) and EABC (Euro-Arab Business Council). 




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