Barcelona to host 15th Fo­rum for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment in North Africa in Novem­ber

Ses­sion aims to pro­vide space for de­lib­er­a­tion among bankers, re­gional in­vestors, mul­ti­lat­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­sti­tu­tions, govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives

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The Mediter­ranean Week of Eco­nomic Lead­ers (MedaWeek) is to be held from 21 to 23 Novem­ber in Barcelona which will host the 15th edi­tion of the Fo­rum for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment in North Africa (NABDF) to boost re­gional econ­omy.

The NABDF will take place on 21 Novem­ber at the Casa Llotja de Mar and will in­volve rep­re­sen­ta­tives from five coun­tries of the north­ern Mediter­ranean in­clud­ing Spain, Por­tu­gal, France, Italy, and Malta, and five oth­ers from the south in­clud­ing Morocco, Mau­ri­ta­nia, Al­ge­ria,Tu­nisia, and Libya.

The ses­sion aims to pro­vide a space for de­lib­er­a­tion among bankers, re­gional in­vestors, and mul­ti­lat­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions, as well as in­sti­tu­tions and govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­a­tion of Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try of the Mediter­ranean (ASCAME).

ASCAME or­gan­ises MedaWeek Barcelona in co­op­er­a­tion with the Euro­pean In­sti­tute of the Mediter­ranean (IEMed). This year’s edi­tion will fo­cus on pro­mot­ing di­a­logue among Mediter­ranean coun­tries, high­light­ing their so­cioe­co­nomic rec­i­proc­i­ties.

Mean­while ,ASCAME and the Tech­no­log­i­cal Cen­tre of Cat­alo­nia (Eure­cat) will or­gan­ise the first Mediter­ranean In­no­va­tion and Dig­i­tal Sum­mit on 22 Novem­ber in Barcelona.This sum­mit will take place dur­ing the Barcelona MedaWeek.

The sum­mit will dis­cuss in­no­va­tion, new tech­nolo­gies, star­tups, and en­trepreneur­ship, as well as new fi­nanc­ing tools, such as crowd­fund­ing and spon­sor­ing in­vestors (busi­ness an­gels). Ac­cord­ing to the General Co­or­di­na­tor of ASCAME, An­war Zibaoui, the dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion im­plies great chal­lenges for the Mediter­ranean coun­tries in terms of ed­u­ca­tion or em­ploy­ment. It also pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity to trans­form the Mediter­ranean coun­tries’ economies, boost cre­ativ­ity of young peo­ple, and pro­mote gen­der equal­ity.

Con­sid­er­ing that young peo­ple un­der 30 years of age ac­count for 60% of the Mediter­ranean pop­u­la­tion, the sum­mit will ad­dress pos­si­ble ways to pro­mote en­trepreneur­ship and favour the cre­ation of new job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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