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Invest in Med Innovation Seminar at the 3rd Europe Innova Conference on 27 October 2010
Register now to the Invest in Med Innovation Seminar "Industrial Cooperation and share of the best practices in innovation on the Euro-Mediterranean " taking place on Wednesday 27 October 2010 from 1.45pm at the Palais des Congrès in Liege, Belgium. The seminar will be held during the 3rd Europe Innova Conference - the main event of the European Commission dedicated to innovation. 

Welcome to our new Communication Manager
On 6 September 2010, Emilie Godard joined the Invest in Med team as Communication Manager ( She replaces Laurence Fontaine who took on new functions outside of ANIMA Investment  Network.

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Med Academy: 'Setting up and managing an overseas promotion network', Meknes, 8-10 November 2010

Do you want to help your economy to get the best of globalisation? Use regional best practices to become a genuine internationalisation facilitator! The ANIMA Network, Invest in Morocco and the CRI Meknes-Tafilalet give you the opportunity to participate in this 2 and a half days seminar on 8-10 November 2010 in Meknes, Morocco (free of charge). This seminar will help you promote local skills and products in a context increasingly structured by globalised value chains. We invite you to register before 30 September 2010 on the Invest in Med website .

More than 200 business meetings for MED Cosmetics

On 13-14 September 2010, a delegation made of 13 cosmetics producers from Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan met 43 French SMEs in Paris. These meetings, organised in the framework of the Beyond Beauty Paris international fair, generated more than 200 business meetings. This event was the last operation of the MED Cosmetics initiative, which aims at supporting and reinforcing the cosmetics sector in the three Mediterranean countries. [Read+]

MediTour: Sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean, Malaga, 23-24 September 2010

Organised by the CCI of Malaga and ASCAME, the 4th Meditour Forum opened its doors on 23 sspetember 2010 in Malaga, Spain. Over 2 days, it gathered decision makers, experts, administrations and operators of the Mediterranean tourism sector in order to encourage more sustainable and coordinated projects. A workshop dedicated to investment opportunities in the Mediterranean tourism sector, and BtoB meetings on nautical and cultural tourism, were organised in the framework of the ETINET initiative. ASCAME also exclusively presented its study "Towards a Mediterranean Tourism Brand". [Read+]

Med Ports is deploying its activities

Since June 2010, the development of SMEs' clusters operating in port logistics near Tunis-Rades, Tangier and Port Said is the subject of a new initiative, Med Ports. The first expert mission in Egypt (Cairo and Port Said) took place in August, and a training for trainers is scheduled for 16-18 October 2010. Led by the CCI of Cagliari, Unioncamere, the CCI of Tunis, CEEBA and GAFI, the Med Ports initiative also plans to set up a B2B meeting and a workshop in Cagliari and Cairo between November and December 2010. [Read+]

Launch of Reseau Entreprendre in Tunis

The association Tunis Entreprendre will start its activities on 4 October 2010 in the framework of the Young Entrepreneurs Coaching Network initiative . Tunis Entreprendre gathers businessmen from the Tunis region in order to give young entrepreneurs honor loans and mentoring for over a year. The aim is to maximise their chances of success. Similar associations exist in Tunisia (Monastir) and Morocco. This initiative is led by Reseau Entreprendre International. [Read+]

MedVentures workshop Tunis, 14 October 2010

In the framework of the Business Creation and Technological Development Fair organised in Tunis by our partner API, a MedVentures workshop will gather the best Tunisian start-ups selected by our local partners SAGES Capital and UTICA. Measures to support entrepreneurship between Europe and the Mediterranean will be proposed on this occasion. The Medventures 2010 competition is aimed at rewarding the most innovative start-ups in the Mediterranean. Further information:

New GTZ study on Tunisian Diaspora in Germany

Following the first study dedicated to the analysis of support services towards Tunisian expatriates, the new report on Tunisian Diasporas is now available. Led by the international cooperation enterprise GTZ, the report analyses the needs of Tunisian expatriates in Germany. Nowadays Tunisian Diaspora represents 10% of the population, numbering ie. approximately 1 million people; more than 50% are living in France and about 8% in Germany. To view the study, click here .

Understanding migrant remitters' expectations in the Euro-Mediterranean region

La Post Group, in partnership with Planet Finance and the EuroMed postal, has conducted a detailed analysis of migrants' specific requirements in the Euro-Mediterranean region. This is an essential step towards the development of services more adapted to their needs. The study draws up a review of the existing products and makes proposals for new developments. To download the study, click here

PaperMed: the last operation will focus on energy technology in paper industry

After the business meetings held in Algeria and Morocco, the last operation of the PaperMed initiative will take place in Lucca, Italy. Around 20 Mediterranean companies will meet local actors of the paper industry on 13-15 October 2010. These meetings organised in the framework of the MIAC International Fair of Paper Industry will be followed by a workshop dedicated to environmental issues such as recycling and environmental management. [Read+]

Launch of a new economic intelligence unit within UTICA

Considering the control of information as a very important factor for the competitiveness of its enterprises, the Tunisian employers' association has requested a technical assistance to evaluate the feasibility of creating an economic intelligence unit. Carried out with the support of Invest in Med, this mission has led to the elaboration of a methodology specifically tailored upon UTICA's needs. The new unit has started its activities in September 2010, after the approval of UTICA's direction and the recruitment of dedicated persons. [Read+]

Recent investments in med Back to top
Algeria - Drugs
Sanofi-Aventis Algeria: the French group's subsidiary, to increase its paid-up capital through a share issue to finance its local generics production

Egypt - Distribution
Emke : The regional retail chain to open its first three Egyptian outlets under the 'Lulu' brand

Israel - Data processing & software
Google : The search giant to acquire MentorWave Technologies, a start-up whose Quiksee technology could improve Google's Street View-

Jordan - Bank, insurance, other financial services
Al Rajhi Bank : The Islamic bank to open the first branch of its Jordan subsidiary before November 2010, one year after receiving its license

Lebanon - Energy
Industries Qatar / Qapco: The 80-20 JV between the Qatari group and French Total to open a plant in Tripoli Free zone to supply ethane gas and NLG to Lebanon and Libya

Morocco - Car manufacturers or suppliers
Yazaki : The automotive supplier to set up a second cable factory, near Kenitra, which will employ 1,600 workers

Syria - Chemistry, plasturgy, fertilizers
Air Liquide : The supplier of industrial gases to open a production unit of oxygen, nitrogen and argon in the Industrial City of Adra for the Levant markets

Tunisia - Data processing & software
Sungard : The provider of software and technology services for financial institutions to hire more than 1,000 engineers and technical experts over 2011-2012

Turkey - Energy
Gestamp / Beycelik Gestamp : The 50-50 JV between the metal parts manufacturer and Turkey's Faik Celik to build a wind turbine factory in Bandirma, which will employ 300 people

All foreign investments in the Mediterranean available in the MIPO observatory
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Complementary Finance Law 2010 adopted : anti corruption struggle and economical patriotism

Le Conseil des ministres a adopté ce mercredi 25 août le projet d’ordonnance portant loi de Finance complémentaire 2010. [Lire+]

Growth resumes in the Palestinian territories

According to the World Bank, the economical growth reached 7% during the first semester 2010 in the territories under the Palestinian Authority control. [Lire+]

Egypt's nuclear revival: location found for the country's first nuclear plant

President Hosni Mubarak has unveiled its decision to build Egypt's first nuclear power plant in Al-Dabaa, which is located 150 West of Alexandria. [Read+]

Tourism reachs new levels

Israël attracted over 2,2 millions tourists since the beginning of the year, a growth record of more than 30% compared to 2009. [Lire+]

The country is seeking new sources of energy

Since Egypt has decided to reduce its supply of natural gas to Jordan, Amman, deprived of hydrocarbon reserves on its soil, is now planning to diversify its energy sources. [Read+]

Oil & Gas: Lebanon's potential lures foreign investors

Several international companies are willing to take part in the newly-launched Lebanese oil and gas exploration programme. [Read+]

Libya to grant a EUR 188 million loan for local SMEs

The Libyan Loans Fund will grant a EUR 188 million loan to SMEs under the National Council for Economic and Social Development supervision. [Read+]

Over EUR 900 millions for road facilities

The Moroccan kingdom will spend more than EUR 900 millions on road infrastructures for the Eastern part of the country, in order to open up these borders with Algeria. [Lire+]

The liberalisation of Syria's economy

According to Oxford Business Group’s last annual report on Syria, the economy continues to improve thanks to several key economic reforms implemented by the government. [Read+]

High-speed railway network kick off

Transfer, the Tunis high-speed railway network company created in July 2007, signed its first two contracts on 26 August 2010. They mark the start of the "Réseau Ferroviaire Rapide (RFR)" (high-speed railway network) project, following the preparation work carried out since December 2009. [Lire+]

Agenda Back to top
Casablanca, Morocco
From 09-30-2010 to 09-30-2010 - Agrifood International Business Meetings in Casablanca


Tallinn, Estonia
From 10-05-2010 to 10-06-2010 - Training about the new marketing digital service


Tunis - Alger- Maroc, Tunisia
From 09-20-2010 to 01-10-2011 - Reaching new markets: customised coaching

Lucca, Italy
From 10-13-2010 to 10-13-2010 - Project Final Workshop


Barcelona, Spain
From 06-06-2011 to 06-07-2011 - Training Course: “Innovation and clustering of port logistics services in the Mediterranean Basin”


Alep, Tunis, Beyrouth, Syria
From 10-17-2010 to 01-13-2011 - Ecoconstruction & social housing: "Training of trainers : SO'ECO best practises sharing"


Madrid, Spain


Liège, Belgium
From 10-27-2010 to 10-27-2010 - Invest in Med - MedVentures Innovation Seminar


Casablanca (Maroc), Morocco
From 11-02-2010 to 11-06-2010 - public private partnership, social housing


Meknes, Morocco
From 11-08-2010 to 11-10-2010 - MED ACADEMY - Setting up and managing an overseas promotion network


Cagliari, Italy
From 12-09-2010 to 12-10-2010 - B2B Meeting of port logistics SMEs in Cagliari


Barcelone, Spain
From 06-07-2011 to 06-07-2011 - Thematic Workshop: “Innovation and clusters in port logistics services in Mediterranean strategic areas”


Marseille, France
From 12-03-2010 to 12-03-2010 - MedVentures 2010: Boosting Mediterranean high growth start-ups


consortium MED-Alliance

The Invest in Med programme aims at developing sustainable trade relationships, investments and enterprise partnerships between the two rims of the Mediterranean. Funded at 75% by the European Union over the 2008-2011 period, it is implemented by the MedAlliance consortium, which associates economic development organisations (ANIMA, leader of the programme), CCIs (ASCAME, EUROCHAMBRES), and business federations (BUSINESSMED). The members of these networks, as well as their special partners (UNIDO, GTZ, EPA Euroméditerranée, World Bank, etc.), gather a thousand of economic actors - mobilised through pilot initiatives centered on key Mediterranean promising niches. Each year, a hundred operations associate the 27 countries of the European Union and 9 Mediterranean partner countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Syria and Tunisia.