CIPE Regional Program Director Camelia Bulat recently attended the MEDA Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum, organized by AFAEMME (Federation of Organizations of Mediterranean Female Entrepreneurs), the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, and ASCAME (Associations of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Mediterranean). In response to a general lack of opportunities for business relations in the Mediterranean region, the event provided a networking venue for over one hundred representatives of organizations from numerous countries: Albania, Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Gibraltar, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Spain, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. In some of these countries, CIPE has already established successful partnerships.
The Forum was organized in the context of the III Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders and brought together businesses and organizations from both shores of the Mediterranean. This economic and business Mediterranean week was meant to increase support for and consolidate the economic pillar of the European Union for the Mediterranean and its Permanent Secretariat in Barcelona. This is an annual event that is organized with assistance from the European Investment Bank and the European program Invest in Med.
This event provided an opportunity for dialogue and networking between the private and public sectors, as well as the international organizations in the region. The participants were able to share their experiences and to discuss issues such as the costs of women’s low participation in economy, women’s vision of business, the role of international organizations in the promotion of women in the economy, the value of women entrepreneurship for economic growth, etc.
CIPE Regional Office – Bucharest, Romania
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