14th edition of MedaWeek Barcelona, marked by the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process and the challenges of COVID-19

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The Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders, MedaWeek Barcelona, reaches this year its 14th edition immersed in a context of high uncertainty and social and economic crisis. Therefore, now more than ever, it is necessary for all actors in the Mediterranean region to join forces to face the challenges of the post-pandemic era and relaunch the Mediterranean integration process promoted 25 years ago in Barcelona.

On 18, 19 and 20 November 2020, MedaWeek Barcelona will take place for the first time in a hybrid format, with some specific activities in the Casa Llotja de Mar in Barcelona and the bulk of its forums in online format through streaming, under the title: 'Time to act. Stronger together'.

Since its debut, MedaWeek Barcelona has established itself as the largest annual economic and business event in the region, organised jointly by the Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) and the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, with the collaboration of dozens of leading Euro-Mediterranean organisations. Over the years, a large number of companies, corporations, government representatives, multilateral organisations, institutions, entrepreneurs, journalists, etc. have attended. Thanks to the facilities provided by digital broadcasting, even greater participation is expected for this 14th edition.

The event par excellence of the Mediterranean will focus in this new edition on issues of great importance for the recovery and future development of the Mediterranean economies post Covid, such as innovation, digitization, SMEs, Startups, Women entrepreneurs, the health sector or the hotel industry or halal, The New Development Forum of Africa. Furthermore, the celebration of MedaWeek coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Declaration, a milestone that is gaining special relevance today and which both the public and private sectors should look back on.

MedaWeek will begin with the “2nd Mediterranean Innovation & Digital Summit”, consisting of three forums: “2nd Mediterranean Digital Transformation Forum”, “3rd Mediterranean Innovation Forum” and “2nd Mediterranean Start-up, SMES Meeting -Reviving the Mediterranean's SME & Startups ecosystem-“. Another key issue will be health, which will be addressed at the “1st Mediterranean Healthcare Forum”.

The hotel industry will also enjoy a central place in MedaWeek at the “4th Mediterranean Hotels & Hospitality Forum”. As in previous editions, the ionic forums “17th New Africa Business Development Forum”, “12th Mediterranean Women Entrepreneurs Forum” and “3rd Mediterranean Halal Industry Forum” will complete the MedaWeek programme.

On the other hand, the MedaTalks planned will focus fully on the post-COVID situation of some sectors: “MedaTalk Conference: Development and finance instruments” and “MedaTalk Conference: MICE Industry”; The presentation “Creation of the UN-WWQA” and various spaces will also be allocated for European project activities in which ASCAME and its network participate.

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