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Secondary education: key to promoting the Mediterranean economy

The Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Mediterranean (ASCAME) and the Global Citizenship Education Fund (GCEF) advance in the collaboration to promote the economy of the Mediterranean region in a resolute commitment to responsible and high-quality secondary education.

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MedaLogistics Summit | Barcelona, reference for the logistics in the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Summit of Logistics, Transport and Ports 2019 included the 17th edition of the Meda Logistics & Transport Forum and the 12th edition of the Meda Ports & Shipping Summit. Two meetings that are now essential for the main transport and logistics agents and has the aim to conduct an analysis of the sector’s current situation at a regional level, establish the challenges, opportunities and business niches thereof, and serve as a contact platform for representatives of organizations, international and regional associations, businessmen and future investors and partners.

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An efficient and sustainable logistics, key for the connection of both shores and the socio-economic development of the Mediterranean

Barcelona has been once again the place where the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Mediterranean (ASCAME) and the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona, with the support of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, have organized the MedaLogistics Summit. This Summit, that has become a reference event in the Mediterranean logistics and transport sector, has taken place on the 26th and 27th of June in the framework of the Logistics, Transport, Intralogistics and Supply Chain leading congress in Southern Europe (SIL 2019).

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MedaWeek Barcelona 2017: ASCAME and UfM join forces to advance economic development in the Mediterranean

2,000 businesspeople from the region are expected to participate in the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders (MedaWeek) which is to be held in Barcelona on 22-24 November 2017.

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ASCAME will collaborate in the XVIII Mediterranean Games of Tarragona 2018 involving the private sector

ASCAME and the 2018 Mediterranean Games of Tarragona Organizing Committee have today agreed on their mutual collaboration to raise awareness and involve the regional private sector in the development of the event.

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UNWTO and ASCAME join forces for a more sustainable tourism as a catalyst for change in the Mediterranean

ASCAME and UNWTO has signed today a collaboration agreement to promote the development of sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean region.

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ASCAME supports the launching of the Mediterranean Hotel and Restaurant Association

Today, on March 26th 2015, a meeting has been held in Barcelona between the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) represented by the Coordinator of the Association, Mr. Anwar Zibaoui, and the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IHRA) represented by the Honorary Chairman, Dr. Ghassan Aidi, to analyze the creation and the launching of the Mediterranean Hotel and Restaurant Association (MHRA).

ASCAME, as main representative of the private sector in the Mediterranean and aware about the strategic importance of the tourism and especially the hospitality sector in the whole region, supports the initiative of gathering, within the same association, all the hospitality sector of the Mediterranean, and will collaborate in the launching and consolidation of this new organization.

The Mediterranean tourism industry represents 30% of the world tourist industry and employ 12% of the workforce. It also represents 20% of the region’s GDP.

The Mediterranean, our common future, 20th anniversary of the Barcelona Process

Under the slogan “The Mediterranean, our common future” ASCAME will celebrate several events in different countries from the Mediterranean region as a commitment to foster a new beginning. This event coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Barcelona Process and the birth of the Euro-Mediterranean Association, which transformed the Mediterranean into an area of dialogue and interchange.

ASCAME, pioneer from 1982 in this economic co-operation and entrepreneurship between the two shores, will promote several initiatives and events in different countries of the region, confirming its commitment for the Mediterranean, for the continuity of this process, and supporting the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). In the framework of the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and ASCAME ratified their commitment with an agreement to strengthen the participation of the private sector in the social and economic development of the region. Under the slogan, “The Mediterranean, our common future”, ASCAME will continue betting on the future of the region and on a new beginning for the Mediterranean, which is more necessary than ever, through the promotion of activities and projects to reactivate the area’s economy.

The Process of Barcelona was born in 1995, with the objective of improving the intensity of the relationships between Europe and the Southern-Mediterranean countries, in the framework of a strengthened Euro-Mediterranean Association which contribute to the objective of peace and security in the region. In 2008, a new boost was given to the Euro-Mediterranean Association with the creation of the Union for the Mediterranean, an intergovernmental organization made up of 43 countries from both shores of the Mediterranean, whose objective is to generate visible and specific results for the citizens of the region. The work from the Union for the Mediterranean is fostered by a co-presidency north-south, which is currently assumed by the European Union and Jordania. Furthermore, the organization counts on a Secretariat established in Barcelona, headed by Fathallah Sijilmassi. The regional cooperation and the socio-economic development in the Mediterranean are the objectives of the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, which promotes the growth and the prosperity for an area of more than 800 inhabitants.

The south and oriental Mediterranean region, with more than 300.000 millions of €, is one of the first business partners for the EU. 70% of the imports come from the EU, and 12% are community exports, with more than 15.000 enterprises established there. The EU is the greatest investor and represents 50% of the total. 40% of the electricity supply for the EU comes from the south-Mediterranean region.

ASCAME’s objective is the regional co-operation as well as the promotion of the Mediterranean and its enterprises all over the world. ASCAME is represented in more than 23 countries and in 300 Chambers of Commerce and Industries, services and enterprises. It was the first one who introduced the Euro-Mediterranean economic co-operation in the governments’ and multilateral organisms’ agenda.

The programme this year will announce new initiatives in the economy world, supporting the new co-operation framework in the common area with an innovative character, orientated to the construction of a basic axis of development between Europe and the Mediterranean in the process of creating a global and competitive Mediterranean. More than 20 events will be held, including entrepreneur forums, sectorial and multi-sectorial, in different countries of the region. This agenda will finish at the end of November, with the event of the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders in Barcelona.

For ASCAME, it is at this time of profound changes when the Euro-Mediterranean Project is more relevant. The close relationship between North and South and of the Union for the Mediterranean is really important, with 800 millions of people, able to compete, share and contribute positively to peace: this the way to the future.

ASCAME collaborates with the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (MedCruise)

The Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) and the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (MedCruise) have signed on November 26th a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to create an efficient and sustainable network between the Mediterranean Cruise Ports by involving the Mediterranean private sector.

The Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) and the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (MedCruise) have signed on November 26th a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the framework of the main regional economic event: the 8th Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders which took place from 26th to 28th November 2014 in Barcelona. This agreement, which will intensify the cooperation between both institutions and support the growing cruise industry as a facilitator for the economic and social development of the region, was signed between the President of ASCAME, Mr. Mohamed Choucair and the President of Med Cruise, Ms. Carla Salvadó.

“MedCruise and ASCAME will contribute to the creation of an efficient and sustainable network with the final aim to support cruise activities in the Mediterranean region, its people and its businesses all over the world,” said Salvadό. “Our association accelerates its work to bring more cruise visitors to our region. MedCruise is committed to developing an investment-friendly environment and thus fostering initiatives in the Mediterranean region and its adjoining seas in order to establish a stable, sustainable and long-lasting cruise growth.”

MedCruise counts 70 members representing more than 100 ports around the Mediterranean region, including the Black Sea, the Red Sea and the Near Atlantic, plus 32 associate members, representing other associations, tourist boards and ship/port agents. The Association assists its members in benefiting from the growth of the cruise industry by providing networking, promotional, and professional development opportunities.

Through this agreement, both associations will share best practices, collaborate on ongoing and future international projects in the Mediterranean region, and organize and participate in bilateral meetings, events and workshops linking strategic sectors of mutual interest such as Mediterranean ports, transport & logistics and tourism.

ASCAME collaborates with the Union of Mediterranean Confederation of Enterprises (BusinessMed)

The Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) and the Union of Mediterranean Confederation of Enterprises (BusinessMed) have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to foster the economic and social development of the Mediterranean business community. The main regional economic event: the 8th Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders took place from 26th to 28th November 2014 in Barcelona.

This agreement, whose objective is to develop the Mediterranean business community and maximize the bilateral and multilateral Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, was signed between the President of ASCAME, Mr. Mohamed Choucair and the President of BusinessMed, Mr. Jacques Jean Sarraf. The Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises (BUSINESSMED) is a regional professional organisation created thanks to the will, determination and militancy of the federations' presidents of the twelve members and which aims at accelerating the integration and the social and economic development in the region. BUSINESSMED main objective is economic integration within Europe and World economy.

Today BusinessMed gather the main professionals’ organizations from Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Italy, Greece, France, Germany, Serbia, Portugal, Turkey, Spain and Mauritania. Through the signature of this MoU, ASCAME consolidates its role as main representative of the Mediterranean private sector. Both institutions commit to participate in the respective actions’ programs and collaborate in the implementation of international projects in the Mediterranean region.

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