Prof. Franco Rizzi is the Secretary General of the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED)

UfM: In your opinion, what are the main challenges and needs of Southern Mediterranean Universities? How do you think these have evolved since the creation of UNIMED in 1991?

Prof. Franco Rizzi (FR): The main problems of Universities are Training, Research and an adequate number of scholarships for students and researchers in order to increase their mobility. These are the needs of Southern Mediterranean Universities and, in some way, of all Universities in Europe. There are features belonging only...

Ms. Madlen Serban is the Director of the European Training Foundation (ETF)

UfM: How does ETF help the transition countries to harness the potential of their human capital, and what are the services provided by ETF to SMEs and Entrepreneurs in Tunisia to develop innovative ideas and grow their businesses?

Ms. Madlen Serban (MS): ETF action focuses, on one side, on the overarching system level through:

  •  Vocational Education and Training (VET) policy analysis. Through the Torino Process, the ETF engages broad stakeholder groups in joint analyses of current VET policies. The analyses ...
Mr. Aziz Rebbah is the Minister of Equipment and Transport of Morocco

UfM: What are the key points of the strategy relating to the infrastructure and the transport in Morocco?

Mr. Aziz Rebbah (AR): The development of basis infrastructure is one of the key levers for higher growth and economic development in Morocco. In fact, all the commercial and touristic activities of Morocco will benefit from improved transport, compliant with the best international standards.

To this effect, the government is committed to vast programs in order to develop transport infrastructure and reducing travel...

Maria Helena de Felipe Lehtonen is President of the Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen (AFAEMME).

UfM: How did the idea for “Young Women as Job Creators” arise?

Maria Helena de Felipe Lehtonen (MHF):  The network of Businesswomen Associations from the Mediterranean of which the Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen (AFAEMME) is made up had mentioned during some of AFAEMME’s annual meetings that there are too few young women in the business world and we considered that one of the causing factors was the lack of information and motivation o...

Khalil Ammar is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Banque de Financement des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (BFPME)

UfM- How does BFPME help SMEs and Entrepreneurs in Tunisia to develop innovative ideas and grow their businesses? What are the other services provided in addition to access to finance?

Khalil Ammar (KA) – BFPME became an essential key player in the SMEs finance. It specializes in supporting innovative projects (new products, processes based on a very advanced technology and high value-added services) and pays particular attention to these projects. It comes to improve the...

The Office of Economic Cooperation for Mediterranean and Middle East interviews Secretary General Sijilmassi, in French