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The Mediterranean requires a solid logistic network for the effective supply of humanitarian material aid for refugees

The World Refugee Day that we celebrate today, it is the occasion to emphasize the role that the private sector plays within this humanitarian crisis of regional and international scope.


The Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Summit positions regional logistics as a world hub

The Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Summit has closed today its 14th edition focusing the debate on the unique position of the Mediterranean for logistics and world trade and its disposition to building bridges between the region and other regions and countries worldwide.


EUROMED Invest gathered more than 50 Organizations from across the Mediterranean

ASCAME leads the Meda Logistics Roadshow in the framework of the Medi-terranean Logistics and Transport Summit.

For two days, Barcelona has been the meeting point for over 300 leaders on the 9th and 10th of June in the Logistics & Transport sector 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).

In the framework of the Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Summit, the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce (ASCAME), organized in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Barcelona, the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount-Lebanon and the Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations (CEEBA), the Meda Logistics Roadshow in the framework of the project EUROMED Invest.

The MEDA-LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT Roadshow promoted economic exchanges between Northern and Southern of the Mediterranean countries at SIL 2015, organizing a Mediterranean Pavilion with different business activities between transport and logistics operators.

Different activities were carried out in parallel such as B2B meetings & B2Goverments, which consisted of short scheduled meetings between companies from both sides of the Mediterranean as well as between public bodies that met their Spanish and European counterparts. Workshops & Presentations about investment opportunities in Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia were carried out.

Beside this, the HOMERe project was presented whose objective is to increase employability for high-level post graduates in the region. Furthermore a presentation of the Enterprise Europe Network was carried out in order to present the initiative as a key instrument in the EU's strategy to boost growth and jobs in the Mediterranean region.

On the occasion of this roadshow, the OPTIMED Project was presented to the participants (institutions and transport and logistics companies) in order to foster the pioneering initiative of the virtual logistics platform aiming at improving shipping trade - in timing and freight costs - within the Mediterranean basin and especially between Lebanon, Italy, Spain and France.

Furthermore, the Med Pavilion was performed of a Networking space, an exclusive space where companies had the opportunity to meet and exchange business cards. Besides this, participants could attend different Helpdesks of Investment Promotion Actors, in order to be informed about how boosting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) between north and south.

The participants at the Market Business Exchange  in the Med Pavilion included International Delegations with different profiles such as shippers (retailers and manufacturers), 3PLs, 4PLs, Carriers (road, rail, sea, air), Freight forwarders, Ports,  Energy Providers, Consultants and Technology Solutions companies and Transportation Industry brought together.

More than 50 organizations from across the Mediterranean could exchange their business ideas and projects as well as sharing strategies for future collaborations.

EUROMED Invest is a project that will last 3 years (2013-2016) co- financed at 80% by the European Commission for a global amount of 5 million of Euros. It is co- financed by ANIMA Investment Network, in the frame of the consortium MedAlliance.

The ultimate goal of EUROMED Invest is to boost private business and investment within the Euro-Med area to contribute to an inclusive economic development of the region.

The specific objective of the project is to empower Euro-Med business and investment networks to implement targeted strategies supporting the creation and the international development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in order to boost private business and investment within the Euro-Mediterranean area.

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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.




ASCAME supporting the Logistics and Transport sector in the Mediterranean on the 9th of June

ASCAME will organize the Meda-Logistic Forum on June 9th in Barcelona, under the title “New ambitions are born”

The forum will include B2B meetings and doing business helpdesks for investing in southern Mediterranean countries


On the 9th -10th of June ASCAME will organize the Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Summit in the framework of the International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition (SIL 2015), in Barcelona. On the following day ASCAME will organize the annual Ports and Shipping conference for Europe, Middle East and Africa, the 8th Meda Ports Summit.

The 13th edition of the MEDA-Logistic & Transport Forum is a commitment to this sector as a fundamental basis for economic integration, confirming the pioneering vision of this Forum, which has provided the sector with a platform for exchange, business cooperation and reflection since 2003.

Organized by ASCAME, the Consorci of the Barcelona Free Zone and SIL. The forum will be sponsored by the Port of Barcelona and will count on the support of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce as an institutional partner.

Under the slogan “new ambitions are born”, the forum will focus on issues related to the integration of a single united Mediterranean market; the challenges, opportunities and perspectives for the transport and logistics sector, as well as the Mediterranean railway; the different international projects for the development of the Mediterranean; the Gulf and the Mediterranean and Strategic Partners and the Meda-Logistics & Transport roadshow.

20 years after the launch of the Barcelona Process, the necessary mechanisms to accelerate the terms for the entry into force of the Euro-Mediterranean Association are being put in place. Initiatives such as pokies online the Trans Mediterranean Transport Network (TMN-T) underline how the transport and logistics sector is considered a priority economic pillar and an important factor for this integration.

In the frame-work of the EUROMED Invest and OPTIMED projects, the Meda Logistics & Transport Roadshow will promote the South ENPI countries together at SIL 2015, organizing a MED Pavilion and B2B meetings for visiting SMEs from the southern and eastern Mediterranean.

The EUROMED Invest project is co-financed by the European Commission, and is one of the main European programs aimed at stimulating trade and investment relations in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

The OPTIMED project – Rationalising Mediterranean Sea Ways: from Southern-Eastern to Northern-Western ports – is co-financed by the European Union through the ENPI CBC MED programme and aims improving commercial connections in transport and logistics between public and private operators of Lebanon, Italy, Spain and France.

The event will see businesses from Lebanon and Egypt from the transport and logistics sector meet Spanish and European counterparts.

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ASCAME promoting the Mediterranean economy and its businesses

ASCAME continues to create platforms of networking, reflection, and doing business for Mediterranean companies and emerging sectors

In 2015 ASCAME will organize more than 20 business and sectorial events in several countries of the Mediterranean region

Throughout the year ASCAME will organize events and business acts in different countries of the Mediterranean region such as Egypt, France, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria and Spain, to promote the business development and economic cooperation and to support emerging sectors in Mediterranean countries.

This year one of the main challenges is the organization of events and promotion activities concerning key sectors in the Mediterranean, such as renewable energies and solar energy industry; transport and logistics, cosmetics textiles, food and gastronomy, cruise and tourism, urban governance and the automotive sector. ASCAME will organize a total of 20 business events, involving leading companies from more than 22 countries.

The activities will start on the 30th and 31st of March with the ReaMed in Marseilles (France) focusing on the opportunities of the regulations and norms of the European market for Mediterranean businesses.

In May in Venice (Italy) a transnational networking workshop will take place in the framework of the FIREMED project, promoting innovative financial solutions and instruments for financing renewable energy in the Mediterranean.

In the framework of the International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition in Barcelona, on the 9th and 10th of June, the 13th Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Forum, as well as the 8th Mediterranean Ports Summit.

MedCosmetics will represent the first forum about the Mediterranean Cosmetics industry. It will be held in Rabat (Morocco) at the end of October and will host the International Cosmetic Exhibition in the Mediterranean.

In November, Alexandria (Egypt) will host the Meditex forum focusing on the textile industry. Other conferences about the sector will also take place in the framework of EuroMed Invest, SUSTEXNET and TEXMED.

At the end of November the 9th Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders will be organized in Barcelona. This year, the event will count on more than 10 forums: the Mediterranean Solar Forum; the 12th North African Business and Development Forum; the 7th Mediterranean Women Entrepreneurs Forum; the 3rd Islamic Finance Summit; the 7th Mediterranean Economic Cities Forum; the 1st Automobile and Automotive Industry in the Mediterranean Summit, an event about e-health and the first Mediterranean Cruise Industry Forum.

In January 2016 ASCAME will promote for the first time the Mediterranean food industry outside the region in the framework of a program whose aim is to foster and export the Mediterranean global offer in key sectors such as food, textile, franchise, tourism, building etc… throughout the world. For its first edition, this fair will be held in the Gulf region but the next editions will be celebrated in the United States, Brazil, China, and in the Gulf in the MEDIFOOD exhibition. The Mediterranean food exhibition will be held in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).

Since 1982 ASCAME has been improving its support of Mediterranean businesses and the regional economy in order to foster Mediterranean integration and promote the region all around the world, because together we will go further.