Business Development

The Agadir Declaration for the establishment of a free trade zone (FTZ) between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Tunisian Republic and the Kingdom of Morocco was signed in Agadir on 05August 2001. The FTZ has been created in order to develop economic activities, support employment, increase production and improve the standards of living within the signatories’ member states. The Agadir Agreement establishing the FTZ was signed in Rabat on 25 February 2004 and entered into force on 27 March2007.

In this context the “Agadir SME Programme” was designed to rela...

The “Toolbox Project” will focus on selected employment services for young people as pilot examples. Based on case studies of existing approaches within the MENA region, a peer group together with a facilitators’ team will analyse substantial criteria and success factors for the implementation of the identified tools and help in their development and elaboration towards implementing innovation and transferring projects in one or more partner countries.

Bringing young people into employment is one of the central issues to be tackled worldwide, especially in the Mediterranean region. So...

The project EMIPO aims to develop investments and business partnerships in the region through the promotion of partner relationships, promotion of the region to foreign investors, training and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and projects incubations. At the same time the project evaluates and optimises the economic and social impact of international investments and partnerships through the EMIPO observatory, established by ANIMA already in 2003, which identifies investment and partnership projects of foreign companies in the MED countries.

To stimulate revenue growth and...

Since 2000 and until recent changes, Southern Mediterranean countries benefited from increasing flows of public and private investment projects. However, these investment projects have not always had the expected positive results: the local economic benefits remain limited (such as job creation, subcontracting, etc.) and negative impacts (e.g. on the environment) are sometimes underestimated. In this framework, the EDILE approach aims at improving the quality of investment projects and especially their local impact.

The project EDILE relies on a tool that rates the inclusiveness of...

Developed by the Business Development Center (BDC) in Jordan and in line with the UfM flagship Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs), the project Maharat MED aspires to encourage employability projects on a multi-dimensional level in Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and Morocco.

Initially the Maharat programme was created in order to address a major challenge facing Jordanian youth: unemployment. In addressing this challenge, Maharat bridged the gap between the output of education systems and the labour market requirements. Given the internationally recognised success of the programme in...

The Mediterranean Entrepreneurship Network project seeks to support the creation of “Réseau Entreprendre” business associations in Morocco and Tunisia to provide mentoring to new-business starters with entrepreneurial potential. Through this project, experienced entrepreneurs will volunteer to personally mentor the new entrepreneurs for the first 2-3 years in monthly meetings. Financial support will also be provided through interest-free, unsecured loans, repayable over 5 years, thereby allowing entrepreneurs to consolidate their equity capital.

The overall objective of the project is ...