Business Development

The Mediterranean region has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the world. In this context, the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is engaged in the implementation of specific projects and initiatives focused on the development of business, employment opportunities and employability skills.

There is particularly emphasis on youth and women, thus addressing cross-cutting issues such as the promotion of women's socio-economic empowerment and the enhancement of youth employability. Particular attention is devoted to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), vectors for innovation and economic growth in the Mediterranean region.


  • Foster job creation and support the development of SMEs through the UfM Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs)
  • Implement the strategy for private sector development
  • Advance the digital economy and support creative industries in the region

Policy framework

Projects & Initiatives

The Incorpora Program, established in 2006, is a socio-occupational integration program whose aim is to promote the placement of people at risk or marginalized from society with ordinary companies. Its further aims are to:
  • Offer companies an alternative form of corporate social responsibility in occupational insertion, creating more employment opportunities for vulnerable people in ordinary companies.
  • Enhance the professionalization and training of professionals within social organizations partici...
In almost all countries of the Mediterranean, economic inclusion, particularly of youth and women, has become a national priority. Subsequently, public policies have been introduced that aim to foster...

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