UfM Secretariat Headquarters in Barcelona, 13-14 November 2014
The private sector plays an increasingly crucial role in achieving a more prosperous and integrated Euro-Mediterranean region, thus being an essential partner to foster greater investment opportunities and trade as well as technology and knowledge transfer.
Promoting job creation and contributing to the development of the private sector in the Euro-Mediterranean region are priorities for both the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Commission. Both institutions are jointly organising a working seminar bringing together UfM representatives, EC Officials from Brussels, Heads of Cooperation from EU Delegations in Southern Mediterranean countries and key representatives from the private sector.
The seminar will provide a unique opportunity to share experiences on the ground, as well as to discuss the current challenges and opportunities from the region and beyond. Over 25 private sector representatives from more than 10 countries are expected to participate in the seminar, together with representatives from the EU Delegations in Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
Objectives of the meeting
- To establish a platform for dialogue, thereby sharing experiences and key actions to promote private sector development in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
- To identify the main challenges towards private sector development in the region.
- To identify possible joint initiatives and innovative projects (including public-private partnerships – PPPs) to facilitate private sector growth.
- To discuss specific examples on how private sector growth can reduce unemployment and discuss ways to disseminate success stories.
Day 1 – Meeting with Heads of Operations from EU Delegations in Southern Mediterranean countries.
Day 2 – Promoting job creation through private sector development and entrepreneurship: challenges and best practices.