The come-back of SMEs in the Mediterranean market for Transport & Logistics sectors

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Barcelona, ​​June 06, 2017 – On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Mediterranean Logistics & Transport Forum, the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Mediterranean (ASCAME) organized the 6th of June in Barcelona the Third Sector Alliance Committee (SAC) on Transport & Logistics in the framework of the EUROMED Invest Project. The aim of this session was to renew the interest of SMEs in the Euro-Mediterranean market in the Transport & Logistics field and to increase investment and the flow of business projects in this area.

This SAC bought together key actors of the Mediterranean Transport & Logistics scenario – from the main commercial and private sector actors, to governmental and international bodies – in order to discuss the key priority and niche sectors which can add immediate value to regional economy.

The first session related to the institutional initiatives at regional and regional level focused on the importance of SMEs. In that, the objective of the EUROMED Invest project, in partnership with the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Mediterranean (ASCAME), is also to support Business Support Organizations to be able to increase the interest of the SMEs in the logistics sector in the Euro-Mediterranean market. In this SAC, it was discussed how to further support new SMEs and start-ups and the importance of focusing on Logistics 4.0 on the basis of Industry 4.0. In this sense, it’s essential to focus on the 3P priorities: Political, Platform, Projects, in order to find a new comprehensive strategy to the transport and logistics in the Mediterranean to build business opportunities and synergies.

The merge of new initiatives and the traditional sector in both sides of the Mediterranean Basin was developed in the second session of this 3rd Sector Alliance Committee. With the African imports and exports, there is an evolution of the international trade and port routes in the south of the Mediterranean which need innovation and development in maritime and multimodular infrastructures. Furthermore, one of the main challenges is to have the capabilities to accommodate big ships like superpanamax to make the Mediterranean a pivot of key transport corridors. These changes coming from new initiatives for efficient infrastructures and transport networks, such as higher integration, interoperability and decongestion, need network effect to ensure all will be implemented. Also, the countries of the South East Europe are keys to set up maritime clusters by developing intermodal node. The maritime economic environment is vital for the Mediterranean region, this is why public-private partnerships are keys to facilitate investments and employment.

In the last session, the European Union’s research and innovation funding program “Horizon 2020” for stimulating economy and creating jobs was highlighted. Regarding the coherence and the complementarity across EU initiatives, organizations have to focus on the needs of the Mediterranean area. For instance, by working together to be more competitive, more complementary and stronger, and succeed in the EU projects.

This 3rd SAC allowed to steering the implementation, discussing the sustainability strategy and the strategy paper on Transport and Logistics. It was presented the lessons learnt, best practices and activities developed by ASCAME and the different partners of EMI project.

The 3rd Sector Alliance Committee closed this year’s edition with a strong commitment on the part of the countries of the region together with the European Union.


EUROMED Invest is a project financed by the European Union through the EuropeAid Programme. It aims to boost private business and investments within the Euromed development. The project is implemented by a Public Private Alliance, supported by 79 affiliate partners as Agencies in charge of investment and economic development, Export agencies, Business support associations, Federations of employers, Chambers of commerce and industry, in synergy with 7 international institutions as associate partners. The partners come from 19 EU countries and 7 South ENPI countries.

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