Business Development

UfM holds the Second Regional Workshop of the Mobile Finance Project to discuss on the effectiveness of alternative financial services distribution models based on mobile finance and branchless banking in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.

Barcelona, 7 September 2015. The Second Regional Workshop of the Mobile Finance Project was held on 7 September at the UfM Secretariat headquarters in Barcelona. During the session the UfM examined the question of the effectiveness of alternative financial service distribution models based on mobile finance/branchless banking implemented by partnerships...

Luxembourg holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the second half of 2015. It is hosting an Informal Meeting of EU Ministers for Employment, their Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) counterparts and key stakeholders to tackle youth unemployment, which is a major political, economic and social challenge in the region. A Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial Meeting on Employment is expected to take place in 2016.

Luxembourg, 16 July 2015. Youth unemployment, which has been identified as a major political, economic and social challenge in the Euro-Mediterranean region, was...

The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises (Businessmed) signed an agreement to strengthen the private sector’s contribution to socio-economic development in the Mediterranean region.

Barcelona, 9 June 2015. Private sector development is key to seizing existing business opportunities and fostering regional integration in the Mediterranean by raising intra-regional trade levels. Currently, this accounts for only 5% of the Southern Mediterranean countries’ total foreign trade. This figure is low compared to rates of 6...

• Both institutions signed an official partnership agreement to cooperate in areas such as business development, women’s economic empowerment, energy, water, environment and climate change. • The operational collaboration between UfM and UNIDO started in 2014 with the promotion of the project “Establishment of a regional platform for the Development of Cultural and Creative Industries and Clusters in the Southern Mediterranean”, aimed to foster entrepreneurial cooperation among the cultural and creative industries.

Vienna, 22 May 2015 – The United Nations Industrial Development ...

Unleashing public and private investment to enhance agricultural production and improve food security is essential for the southern and eastern Mediterranean region.

5 May 2015, Barcelona. Boosting sustainable agricultural production and trade is one of the main priorities for the southern and eastern rim of the Mediterranean, where most countries produce insufficient quantities of food staples. For this reason, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) ...

The EU Commissioner for the European Neighbouhood Policy and Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, the former Prime Minister of Tunisia, Mehdi Jomaa and the UfM Secretary General, Fathallah Sijilmassi, reiterate the importance of fostering cooperation between private sector, International financial institutions and regional organisations.

Barcelona, 14 April 2015 – The Union for the Mediterranean organised together with the European Commission a two-day High-level Meeting on the role of the private sector in strengthening the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

The meeting, which gathered more than 10...