Tuesday 22nd October, 2013

Main Hall
Welcome gathering drink – Palau de Pedralbes – Av. Diagonal 686 – Barcelona
Accreditations desk available
Transfers from the Palau de Pedralbes to the Palauet Albéniz
Cocktail hosted by the Barcelona City Council at Palauet Albéniz – Av. Estadi, 65 –Barcelona
Accreditations desk available

Wednesday 23rd October, 2013. Palau de Pedralbes – Av. Diagonal 686 – Barcelona

Accreditation and Welcome Coffee
Upon request specific meetings are held
Gala Room
Welcoming words by

  • Fathallah Sijilmassi, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)

Inaugural plenary session

  • Rui Chancerelle de Machete, Minister of State and of Foreign Affairs of Portugal
  • Ahmed Ould Teguedi, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mauritania

Keynote address by H.E. Mariano Rajoy
President of the Government of Spain

Coffee Break
Parallel plenaries

« The role of the Western Mediterranean in a globalising economy: reinforcing the 5+5 economic dialogue»
Gala room
With its numerous socio-economic assets and potential, the Western Mediterranean could play an increasing role in the global economy. The proximity of the markets offers the business community a competitive advantage and helps to forge new regional dynamism. Development projects and partnerships provide untapped opportunities for growth and employment and have a socioeconomic impact that goes beyond national borders. How can regional integration and strengthened economic dialogue in the region boost business in the Mediterranean and cooperation between public and private sector?

  • José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister for Foreign Affairs and cooperation of Spain
  • Mohamed Emhemed Abdulaziz, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Libya
  • Juan Rosell Lastortas, President of CEOE (Spain)
  • Jorge Rocha de Matos, President of AIP (Portugal)
  • Hichem Elloumi, First Vice-President of UTICA (Tunisia)
  • Réda Hamiani, President, Forum des Chefs d’Entreprise (Algeria)
  • Fausto Aquino, President of Confindustria Assafrica & Med (Italy)

Strengthening the economic cooperation between Europe, Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa
Music room
The economic emergence of Africa has become a reality today. With an expected average growth rate of 4.8% and 5.3%, the outlooks for 2013 and 2014 are promising. A report prepared by the AfDB, the OECD, the Economic Commission for Africa and the UNDP in May 2013 underlined that the agricultural, mining and energy resources in Africa are key to accelerate its growth, thus encouraging foreign investors and local operators to develop closer economic ties. African economies are facing positive paradigmatic shifts and the growing economic opportunities should be transformed into concrete projects. What are the major opportunities for cooperation and partnerships between Europe, Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa?

  • Ramtane Lamamra, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria
  • Christian Cardona, Minister for Economy, Investment and Small Business of Malta
  • Othman Jerandi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia
  • Lapo Pistelli, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Italy
  • Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun, President of CGEM (Morocco)
  • Ahmed Baba Azizi, President of UNPM (Mauritania)
  • Abdul Nasser Alnajah, Businessmen Association (Libya)
  • Loïc Armand, Chairman European Commission MEDEF (France)
  • Mario Spiteri, Council Member, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry (Malta)
Networking lunch for participants
Banqueting room
Working lunch of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the 5+5
Billiard room
Working lunch of the Heads of business delegations of the 5+5
Gala room
Introducing the afternoon sessions

  • Address by Laurent Fabius, Minister for Foreign Affairs of France
  • Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco
Sessions in Parallel
Music room
Public services and sustainable urban development
Urbanisation represents nowadays a challenge for resource and services management in the Mediterranean basin. Demographic pressure, which is foreseen to strengthen in the next twenty years, adds to this challenge. Consequently, sustainable urban development is a major issue and cities have undoubtedly a central role to play in this regard. The services offered contributing to sustainable development in urban areas require the growing involvement of the private sector in order to build and manage key municipal infrastructures and services. This session will address how the urban value chain provided by the private sector across Mediterranean countries could respond to the new challenges posed by urban growth.
Coordinated by the EIB (European Investment Bank)
Chair: Mario Aymerich, Environment and Regional Development, Projects Directorate, EIB

  • Mateu Turró Calvet, Professor of Transport and Spatial Development, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Jean-Louis Guigou, General Delegate, IPEMED
  • Ramón Masip, Director MENA, Sociedad General de Aguas de Barcelona, S.A. (AGBAR)
  • Ali Bensouda, Associated in charge of the fund Edifice Infra Maroc
  • Guy Fleuret, Senior Advisor Transport and Urban Development Division, Secretariat of the UfM
  • Khaled Albakury, General Director, Privatization and investment Board of Libya (tbc)
Small room
Small and medium enterprises: boosting business
SMEs represent around 90% of businesses in the region, thus being one of the major actors of job creation. To strengthen their role and performance, several institutions such as the European Commission are developing new strategies and approaches. Advancing in the normative framework to enable SMEs to turn environmental challenges into opportunities; promoting green businesses in market areas such as health, transport, energy and manufacturing; and enhancing access to credit, are among the central issues. The presence of European enterprises in Maghreb countries is growing, and the dynamism of immigrant populations on both sides of the Mediterranean offers an untapped potential. This session will encourage an exchange of views among Mediterranean SMEs’ associations as well as discuss ways to promote the creation of SMEs.
Coordinator PIMEC (Association of MSMEs of Catalonia)
Chair: Eduard Royo, Chairman’s representative for Euro-Mediterranean matters en UEAPME, PIMEC
Gala room
Project funding for development
Financing infrastructure projects, setting up incentives and facilities for SMEs and providing venture capital funds are some of the main priorities of the major IFIs working in the Maghreb. Their experience shows that the mobilisation of funds for productive investments in developing economies requires a stable macroeconomic framework and a favourable regulatory environment. This session is designed to gather representatives from some of the most influential IFIs to discuss the challenges of investing in the Maghreb region in a complex international context.
Coordinated by IEMed (European Institute of the Mediterranean)
Chair: Senén Florensa, Executive President of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)

  • Flavia Palanza, Director, Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP), European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Erik Berglöf, Chief Economist and Special Adviser to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Amani Abou-Zeid, Resident Representative in Morocco, African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Irène Mingasson,Head of Unit Regional Programmes – Neighbourhood South, European Commission
  • Abderrahman El Glaoui, Senior Official and Acting Director, Regional Office in Rabat, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
  • Boualem Mrakach,President of CAP (Algeria)
Mediterranean Arbitration
Modern methods of dispute resolution, as alternatives to the ordinary jurisdiction, particularly arbitration, are an essential element of modern trade and investments. This kind of resolution is useful for both big and small enterprises which, given their characteristics, often lack the infrastructures and resources to deal with transnational litigation. This was recognized by the Final Declaration of the Ministerial Conference “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean”, held in Marseilles on 3rd April 2008, in which the need to promote investments in the Mediterranean area was stated as well as the need to advance on “possible action to improve arbitration procedures in the region” (III “Industrial Cooperation”). Arbitration encourages investors who need the guarantee that, if investment fails, they have recourse to a competent, expert and independent “decision-maker”. Thus, arbitration should be promoted among businessmen, employers associations, lawyers and all institutions involved in fostering trade and investment in the Mediterranean in order to advance in the establishment of a more attractive, predictable and sustainable economic and legal environment in the region.
Coordinated by CM (Casa Mediterráneo)
Chair: Francisco Puchol, Federation of lawyers of Europe

  • Javier Iscar, General Secretary, European Arbitration Association (Aede) and Spanish-Moroccan International Court of Arbitration.
  • Carmen de Miguel, General Secretary of the Spanish Council of the Chambers of Commerce.
  • Daniela Morante, Board Member of ISPRAMED
  • Serge Telle, Ambassador, French Interministerial Delegate for the Mediterranean
Gala room
Closing session

  • Senen Florensa, Executive President of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)
  • Almudena Muñoz, Director of Casa Mediterráneo (CM)
  • Claudio Cortese, Senior Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
  • Habib Ben Yahia, Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union (MAU)
During the afternoon 5 rooms will be available to set-up bilateral B2B meetings