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ASCAME celebrated the 2nd EBSOMED Executive Committee & Working Group and presented its activities

ASCAME celebrated the 2nd EBSOMED Executive Committee & Working Group and presented its activities. The second meeting of the Executive Committee of the EBSOMED project has been held on December 13th 2018, in Brussels.

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Roadshow: "Advocating for a major role of Med SMEs as the main drivers for economic developement of the region"

A full-day event being curated by BUSINESSMED in partnership with its Employers Organizations Members CONFINDUSTRIA-Italy and CGEA-Algeria that aims at boosting the Euro-Mediterranean companies. It will be held on 11th January 2019 in Algiers, Algeria, under the theme "Advocating for a major role of Med SMEs as main driver for the economic development of the region".

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MEDAFinance 2017 EUROMED Invest Academy

In the framework of the EUROMED Invest project, the Confederation of European Egyptian Business Associations (CEEBA), the Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce (ASCAME), the Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises (BUSINESSMED) and the German-Arab Chamber of Commerce (GACIC) will organise the MEDAFinance Academy.

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Over 500 businessmen meet in Algeria to strengthen the private sector’s role on the regional difficulties

The president of the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME), Mohamed Choucair, participated this Saturday in the conference "Promoting business opportunities in Algeria", organized by the Union of Mediterranean Confederations Firms (BUSINESSMED) and the General Confederation of Algerian Enterprises (CGEA) in the Algerian capital, Algiers.

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ASCAME welcomes over 300 companies at the Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Summit

  • During two days, ASCAME gathers more than 300 representatives and companies of the logistic, transport and port industry.
  • The Mediterranean Summit has organized more than 250 B2B meetings between European and Mediterranean Countries
  • The Forum has gathered, during its 13 editions over 8950 companies which made 13 000 business contacts
  • The creation of a Mediterranean agency for logistics and the Mediterranean Corridor become the main protagonists of the event one more time.
  • Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia, invited countries for this edition, presented their investment plans and their great opportunities.

           Photo Gallery of the Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Forum  

           Photo Gallery of the Mediterranean Ports Summit 

           Photo Gallery of the “MEDA LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT Roadshow”

           Presentations on SlideShare of the Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Summit

For two days, Barcelona has been the meeting point for over 300 leaders and for the logistics and transport sector institutions, gathered at the Mediterranean Logistic & Transport Summit, the largest European and Mediterranean platform organized in the framework of the 17th edition of the International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition in Barcelona (SIL 2015).

The Mediterranean Summit of Logistics and Transport is an initiative by the Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME), in collaboration with the Consortium of Barcelona Free Zones and SIL, which counts as institutional partner, the Chamber of Commerce Industry and Navigation of Barcelona.

The meeting began on June 9th, Tuesday, with the 13th edition of the Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Forum, under the title "New ambitions are born". The summit focused on the implementation of the Euro-Mediterranean Association, 20 years after the launch of the Barcelona Process.

The coordinator of ASCAME and of the Mediterranean Summit, Anwar Zibaoui, introduced the ceremony by highlighting that the EU should pay attention to the Mediterranean and confirms its strategic commitment to this region with acts, without forgetting the southern and eastern Mediterranean area. With a trade exchange of 300.000 million €. , it’s one of the first socio-economic partners of the EU.

He also highlighted the support of ASCAME to create a Mediterranean Logistics Agency, taking into account that the logistics is one of the main pillars to support the continued development of the Mediterranean economy and its competence indicator on a global level. Furthermore, he considered that the Mediterranean Corridor is not only a key for southern Europe and Spain, but it’s also essential for North Africa and for the development of its connections with the EU.

The official opening ceremony of the Summit counted with the participation of the President of the Commission of Logistics and Transport of ASCAME, Mr. Seraffetin Asut, who, on behalf of the President of the Association, Mr. Mohamed Choucair, highlighted the role of ASCAME in promoting the logistics sector as a key element in the Mediterranean. Moreover, Mr. Asut said “it is important to create synergies between the projects of logistics and to strengthen cooperation between the Mediterranean countries, as strategic partners to create added value for the region”.

During the inauguration, Mr.  Mario Aymerich, the Director of the European Investment Bank, presented the initiatives and the projects of infrastructure developed by the EIB in the Mediterranean region and Joan Ramon Rovira, Head of Cabinet for Economic Studies and Infrastructures at the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, explained the business opportunities in the logistics sector.

In addition, Mr. José Alberto Carbonell, the Director of the Port of Barcelona, highlighted the growth and development of the Port of Barcelona as an economic engine for logistics in the Mediterranean. Finally, Jacques Sarraf, the President of BusinessMed, demonstrated how the Barcelona Process is a key objective for the Euro-Mediterranean regional integration.

During the forum, representatives from various groups, institutions and companies in the Mediterranean affiliated to logistics, ports and transport, presented the business opportunities in the logistics sector in the regions of Egypt, of the Saudi Arabia and Morocco.

Special sessions were focused on Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. During these sessions, the most important investment plans were presented, for example, the expansion of the Suez Canal, the TGVs and Metros. In the case of Saudi Arabia, these projects aim to connect all the territory of Saudi Arabia.

The event ended on June 10th, with the celebration of the 8th Mediterranean Port Summit. This forum is considered as the largest platform of the port sector and of business cooperation. Entitled “Looking beyond the Sea”, the forum opens the debate on the ports of the Mediterranean: a gateway to Europe, Asia and Africa; logistics in Morocco; Ports, cities, cruise tourism; business opportunities and experiences of companies in the transport and logistics sector in the Mediterranean.

The OPTIMED European project should be highlighted. Its objective is to optimize and to improve the maritime transport in the Mediterranean and to find new means of transport, especially between Italy, Lebanon, Spain and France.

The importance of the cruise sector as an economic driving force for cities with main touristic ports was also stressed. Nowadays, the Mediterranean ranks second after the Caribbean in terms of volume of cruise passengers.

The Summit was attended by: senior representatives of the Governments of Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Spain, Lebanon, but also institutions such as the Suez Canal, Ports, the Academy of the Arab League of Merchant Marine, FERRMED, the EIB, the Union for the Mediterranean, the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah, ICEX, the Port of Barcelona, EUROMED Invest, the Presidents of the Development Committee between the Mediterranean and the Gulf, BUSINESSMED and many companies like ALSTOM, Grimaldi, the Algerian group SNTE, RENFE, FGC, Idom, Dubai Port World, etc.

On June 9th and 10th, ASCAME, SIL and the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce organized the “MEDA LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT Roadshow” in the framework of the EuroMed Invest and OPTIMED projects funded by the EU. Activities such as B2B meetings, B2Government, a networking space, workshops and presentations about investment opportunities in the countries of the southern Mediterranean have promoted economic exchanges between  Northern and Southern of the Mediterranean. Lebanese, Turkish, Tunisian, Moroccan and Egyptian companies in transport and logistics sector met their Spanish and European counterparts.

300 companies that participated in 8 sessions counted on the presence of more than 45 speakers and have achieved more than 250 programmed contacts.

In this 13th consecutive annual edition for the  Mediterranean logistics and transport, more integration and a strengthening of infrastructure has been reclaimed by the regional private sector, in order to work for the great challenge to make the Mediterranean Sea, according to its extraordinary natural advantages, a major international logistics hub, a terrestrial, air and sea communications network, ultimately, a shared communications space primarily a bridge to approach the countries of the basin to the world and to each other.

 

 

 

Launch of the HOMERe project on 17th in Marseilles

The launching conference of the HOMERe project will be held on March 17th in Marseilles.

Its main objective is to increase employability for high-level post graduates in the region and, in particular their access to qualified first jobs, through the implementation of 6 months international internships at the headquarters of a company with Mediterranean developments prospects.  

On the other hand, HOMERe will facilitate recruitment procedures and guarantee successful recruitment procedures for employers located in the participating countries. HOMERe will support employers in identifying high-level post graduates whose profile meets their business needs in the region. Through the selection of internship positions fitting as much as possible with the companies’ real needs, HOMERe will also involve employers in the skills development of post graduates.

HOMERe involves 4 Northern countries (Spain, France, Greece, Italy) and 5 Southern countries (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia) of the Mediterranean.

Initiated by the Réseau Méditerranéen des Ecoles d’Ingénieur et de Management (RMEI) and  the French Foreign Trade Advisors, this program is now  labeled by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and supported by dozen local and regional organizations from the Mediterranean such as the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME), the Union of Mediterranean Confederation of Enterprises (BusinessMed), the Union of the Mediterranean Universities (UNIMED), etc.

For more information about the project, please visit the following webpage: http://homere-med.org/

See the program of the launching conference here

 

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.

ASCAME and other institutions draw a new roadmap for the Mediterranean integration

More than 1300 experts have participated in the Medaweek 2014 and in the 10 thematic forums including more than 60 sessions and business meetings

• A bet has been launched to develop a strategy of Business Intelligence specific to the Mediterranean region.

• A call has been made on a better economic integration for the Maghreb region. 

• The creation of a Mediterranean Tourism Agency and a Mediterranean brand have been encouraged. 

• The green economy has been described as essential to foster the sustainable development of the region. 

• The launch of support programs addressed to the Mediterranean young entrepreneurs has been announced. 

The 8th Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders ended on Friday 28th of November after three days during which 10 thematic forums and more than 60 working sessions haven taken place. With more than 1.300 participants, this event has brought together representatives from the private sector, political authorities and international organizations, making this event the main meeting of Mediterranean leaders.

The Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders, organized by the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) and the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, has also counted on the collaboration of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), with which ASCAME has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding through which the common interest between both organizations to promote the Mediterranean has been renewed.

“A need for change” has been the main theme of this edition. The proposals that have been highlighted during the different sessions organized in the framework of the forums, have been the following:

During the NABDF forum, the economic integration of the Maghreb has been presented as the best way to enable the region to be listed among the main economic blocs of the world.

The costs of the “disunity” between the Maghreb countries are estimated to 8000 million euros per year while the benefits of a better integration between these countries should lead to a growth of 30% of the GDP over 10 years.

The integration should allow a better exploitation of the existing complementarities between the Maghreb countries in the sectors of energy, agriculture, tourism and mines. It would also help to use better the existing human resources and to get closer to Europe and Africa.

The need of the Maghreb region are becoming opportunities for their European neighbors, confirming thus the potential and the synergies between Europe and the North of Africa.

In the field of Economic Intelligence, it has been underlined the existence of factors essentials to enable the Mediterranean to recover its role of economic power. In this regard, the implementation of a strategy of business intelligence specific to the Mediterranean, as an alternative of the Anglo-Saxon world, has been described as vital and has been decided to exploit more in depth this concept for the coming editions of the Mediterranean Week.

The Mediterranean forum on Free Zones and Special Economic Zones has allowed the consolidation of an action plan in order to increase the absorption of the foreign investment and create a safe scenario for the future projects in the region.

The MEDITOUR forum, whose sixth edition has spotlighted Lebanon, has encouraged the creation of a Mediterranean Tourism Agency, as a main tool for the efficient development of a brand specific to the Mediterranean. This initiative will allow reaching a better profitability of the planned investment in the sector for the coming years, already estimated to more than a billion dollars.

The forum on entrepreneurs has brought together the experts of the business world, governments, banks, universities, associations of entrepreneurs and multilateral organizations. During the session, it has been highlighted that the high percentage of 50% of unemployed graduates prevents the sustainable economic development of the Mediterranean region. In order to address this shortfall, it has been discussed the implementation of programs, counting on the support of the universities, and financial and technical support organizations, which offer to the graduates the opportunity to become entrepreneurs.

The 2nd edition of the Islamic Finances Summit has called on the regional governments to implement changes and to adopt the legal frameworks essential to welcome this booming financial sector. The Islamic finances, with an annual growth of 20%, represent today 4% of the international finances.

Regarding the initiatives to be launched in the field of the green economy, the countries of the region have been called on taking the following measures in order to capture the economic flows planned for the investment, estimated to 100.000 million dollars until 2030 at the world scale:

• Raising the awareness of the businessmen and businesswomen to encourage them to adopt measures of sustainable development within their companies.

• Suggesting to the governments to support the concept of green industries with the objective of improving the industrial development and increasing the competitiveness in this field.

• Promoting to the multilateral and international organizations, the need to dedicate budgets and lines of technical supports for the implementation of programs in favor of the green industry in the Mediterranean.

• Encouraging the green bank, as a tool for social responsibility, in favor of the sustainable development.

The participants have described these initiatives as essential to allow the green economy sector to grow faster and to create jobs in the following fields: clean technologies, solar energy, water supply, green transport, eco-tourism, green edification and agriculture.

ASCAME has announced the creation of a representative office in Saudi Arabia, in agreement with its ambition to promote the Mediterranean worldwide. This bureau will play a role of technical support and will help the members of ASCAME as well as the Mediterranean and Gulf companies.

ASCAME, as a catalyst for the Mediterranean integration from the civil society and promoter of the Mediterranean association, has signed 4 memoranda of understanding with the Union for the Mediterranean, MedCruise, BusinessMed and the ICC/WCF.

ASCAME has also launched its first Mediterranean awards which, for this edition, have been given to UNESCO, VUELING and the Union for the Mediterranean. In parallel with the Mediterranean Week, it was held the XXIII ASCAME General Assembly to which the main Chambers of Commerce of the region have participated, following the meeting of the Executive Committee held the day before. During the Assembly, the members have ratified the lines of action of ASCAME as well as the new initiatives, including the 23 projects in which ASCAME and its network participate. The members have been invited to be involved in those projects.

For more information about ASCAME and the different forums which took place during the Mediterranean week of Economic leaders, do not hesitate to contact us by mail : communication@ascame.org or visit our webpage : www.medaeconomicweek.org

Official launch of EUROMED Invest project

ASCAME has collaborated in the organization of the launch Conference of the Euromed INVEST project, which will support Business and Investment Partnerships in the Southern Mediterranean.

From the 26th -28th the projects team of ASCAME has attended the launching event of the Euromed INVEST project which was held in the newly constructed Villa Méditerranée, and the Palais de la Bourse of Marseille, seat of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marseille Provence, where Vice-President Louis Aloccio represented ASCAME in the signature of the Consortium Agreement and welcome address. 

During the three days event, ASCAME led the Sector Alliance Committees on Tourism and Transports & Logistics and co-organised the EUROMED Invest Academies, which aim to support capacity building and exchange of experience between Business Surpport Organisations.

EUROMED Invest project aims at promoting business partnerships and private investments in the Euro-Mediterranean area, contributing to the inclusive economic development of the region. With a total budget of € 5 million, (cofinanced by the European Union and the Consortium members), and is led ANIMA Investment Network in partnership with ASCAME, BUSINESSMED, EUROCHAMBRES, Euro-Med Development Center for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (EMDC) Foundation, The German Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GACIC) and the Euro-Arab Business Council for Small and Medium Enterprises (EABC), representing about 500 direct member organizations. The EUROMED Invest project plans to develop more than 125 actions in 28 member countries of the European Union and 10 ENI (European Neighbourhood Instrument) countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia) during 3 years.

The objective of the project is to support the development of MSMEs in the Euro-Mediterranean market, increase investment and business projects flow and ensure that the EU maintains its leading position as a source of foreign direct investment in these countries.

The project’s general purpose is to support the creation and the international development of MSMEs in the 5 most promising Euro Mediterranean sectors for job creation and economic spillovers: agrifood, transport & logistics, cultural & creative industries, water & green energies and tourism.

EUROMED Invest project includes 127 actions, 15 publications and 3 web platforms implemented over 36 months:

• Workshops, surveys and action plans drafting associated stakeholder representatives in selected strategic sectors,

• Promotional tools to market the South ENPI countries abroad(web portal, directories, business guides;

• Portfolio of 500 international business projects to accompany;

• Matchmaking events for companies, clusters and private investors in the South and Mediterranean pavilions in the major EU trade fairs in selected sectors;

• Masterclasses for young and new entrepreneurs;

• Mentoring programmes for entrepreneurs, businesses, clusters and business supporting organisations to favor joint business projects, co-locations and know how transfer;

• Capacity building, networking and experience sharing seminars to professionalise and reinforce services for investors, businesses and new entrepreneurs.