Barcelona, 4 December 2014 – The Euro-Mediterranean Competitiveness Confederation (EMCC) has held its sixth Forum today in Sousse, Tunisia, bringing together business leaders, political figures, representatives from financial institutions, and researchers from Europe and the Mediterranean to discuss the challenges currently faced by the Mediterranean region, with a specific focus on unemployment.
“The countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region today face many challenges that are interrelated: return to economic growth, employment, security, mobility of people and capital, etc. Coproduction is a real window of opportunities that can be opened to tackle them and take a step forward towards greater economic regional integration in the Mediterranean”, stated UfM Deputy Secretary General for Business Development, Claudio Cortese.
The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, a partner of the EMCC Forum, supports strategies and initiatives that promote job creation, employability, women’s empowerment, social economy, as well as regional and economic integration.
Participants discussed how to encourage coproduction and debated on new and suitable areas for developing coproduction, the role clusters could play in the regions, the measures that could be set up to foster the diaspora’s involvement in these processes and which growth areas are most likely to create jobs.
The Forum was organised by the World Mediterranean Economic Foresight Institute (IPEMED) in partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean, the Arab Institute of Business Leaders (IACE) and different stakeholders across the region.