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ASCAME organises Sector Alliance Committee

ASCAME – in the framework of the EBSOMED project – organises the Sector Alliance Committee – Towards an Action Plan on Transport & Logistics 2019.

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ASCAME Business Matchmaking Forum

ASCAME – in the framework of the EBSOMED project – is organizing with his affiliates: Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Sfax Chamber of Commerce and Beirut Chamber of Commerce, among other, the ASCAME Business Matchmaking Forum.

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17 years betting on Mediterranean Logistics in Barcelona

Organised by the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona and the Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) with the support of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, the Mediterranean Summit on Logistics and Transport will hold its 17th edition on 26th and 27th June within the framework of the InTrade Summit BCN, which will take place as part of the leading Trade Fair for Logistics, Transport, Intralogistics and Supply Chain of Southern Europe (SIL 2019).

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Mediterranean Logistics & Transport Summit

 

Date: 26th and 27th June 2019

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The Meda Logistics & Transport Summit closes its 15th edition renewing its commitment as never before

The Mediterranean Summit on Logistics and Transport today closed its 15th edition, focusing the debate on the unique positioning enjoyed by Mediterranean countries as international distribution centers at a time of great change.

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14th Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Forum 2016

The 14th Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Forum will be held on 7th and 8th June and will count with the presence of renowned national and international speakers.

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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.

For further more information: www.euromedinvest.eu

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.

For further information on how to participate in the B2B please contact us in the following email addresses: m.cunill@ascame.org or msanchez@ascame.org

 

 

 

 

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.

More than 300 participants attending the 12th edition of the Logistics and Transport Forum in Barcelona

The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) inaugurated yesterday the 12th Logistics and Transport Mediterranean Forum and the 7th Ports Mediterranean Summit in the framework of the 16th International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition (SIL 2014) under the slogan “Making connections”. The event is organized by ASCAME, the Consorci of the Barcelona Free Zone and the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce

The 12th Logistics and Transport Mediterranean Forum was inaugurated by the President of ASCAME, Mr. Mohamed Choucair; the Vice President of ASCAME and President of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Miquel Valls; the SIL President, Mr. Enrique Lacalle and the President of the Port of Barcelona, Mr. Sixte Cambra.

In the morning spoke Mr. Khaled Hanafy, Minister of Supply, Internal Trade and Logistics of Egypt; Mr. Aziz Rabah, Minister of Transportation and Equipment of Morocco and Ms. Jihan Saleh in representation of the Arab Academy for Maritime Transport of the Arab League being discussed the vision of the Ministers of Transport of the Mediterranean Region.

In the round table about Spain, the Gulf and the Mediterranean: strategic partners, Ms. María Sánchez-Palomo, Special Project Director presented the new AVE-MECCA Project of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The Managing Director and Expansion Projects of the Saudi Railways Organization, Mr. Wasmi Alfarraj presented the Saudi Railways Project. The ICEX represented by Mercedes Pizarro Santo, underlined the importance of joint venture and Transport and Logistics in the Mediterranean. Besides, it has been stressed that the Southern and Northern Mediterranean cities are becoming strategic hubs in the fields of transport, logistics and infrastructures. The Gulf is a unique opportunity to strategically associate and improve the infrastructures within the three regions.

The third presentation dealt with the logistics challenges for air and sea ports - as well as rail and the role in intermodal transport as a reliable and cost effective alternative. During this session, it has been highlighted the need to invest in the Mediterranean and in the Logistics sector as a driving force for the development which could be greater if some elements would be reinforced, such as the development of infrastructure, private sector and the complementarily of networks between both sides. The morning ended with a debate about the prospects of a Mediterranean Logistic Agency.

In the framework of the forum took place the 7th Mediterranean Ports Summit with the objective of implementing a special framework for the ports sector. The summit has been inaugurated by Mr. Serafettin Asut, President of the ASCAME Logistics and Transport Commission, also speaking Mr. Emre Dincer, representative of the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs of Turkey.

During this session has been also presented the OPTIMED project managed by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia of which ASCAME is a member of the consortium as well as the CCIA-BML of Beirut. The OPTIMED project if a European project, coordinated by the CIREM (Centre of Research in Transportation of the University of Cagliari, Italy) and ASCAME and has the objectives of optimizing and make more effective the sea transport of goods (Ro-Ro Network Structure) in the Mediterranean, as well as the search of new transport routes.

The Ports Summit provided a more accurate picture of the state of investments and the evolution of the Ports infrastructures through the Mediterranean coast, emphasizing the Suez Canal Regional Development project; the New Bosphorus canal –Turkey; the Marmaray Tunnel in Istanbul; the Gilbratar strait and the Mediterranean Corridor.

The day ended on a working meeting organized by the ASCAME Logistics and Transport Commission.

During the day, the participants were given the opportunity to attend B2B meetings with European and Mediterranean companies with the objective of exploring opportunities to reach the European and the Middle East markets and promote commercial relationships between companies working on the Logistics and Transport field.