The 11thedition | Strength in Diversity: Our Economic Power

22nd November / 24th November 2017

The Mediterranean is experiencing great social, political and economic shifts, resulting in commercial regional uncertainty. These changes present an opportunity for countries on both sides of the Mediterranean basin to strengthen and improve cross-border cooperation. In particular, the region needs to work towards boosting competiveness while seizing the regional diversity the Mediterranean has to offer, including its vast social fabric and natural resources.

Despite its interconnected and dynamic history, the Mediterranean is today a highly fragmented region. It suffers from one of the sharpest GDP divides per capita in the world, as well as uneven trade models. In order to tap into the Mediterranean’s socio-economic potential, the business community should look towards furthering competitiveness through greater economic sustainability, improved resource management in agricultural and environmental sectors, and improved infrastructure.


Networking with a purpose: #MedaWeek17 is the opportunity to come together with a single voice of the Mediterranean private sector

The Mediterranean can also benefit from its current regional riches, in a way to strategize towards a progressive future. It should maximize its social resources – such as its vast human capital and young talent – and translate them into dynamic entrepreneurship and digital innovation, particularly in services. The region’s diversity should not result in fragmentation, but as a quality and advantage to: amplify and diversify economic trends, attract investment, and strengthen international cooperation between northern and southern Mediterranean countries.

Against this backdrop – and in line with this year’s claim “Strength in Diversity: Our Economic Power” – MedaWeek 2017 will address current challenges, while exploring new economic trends and solutions related to these regional shifts. In particular, MedaWeek will gather leading regional players and key experts who, together, will cover the following sectors:

  • Women Entrepreneurship
  • Islamic Finance
  • Solar Energy
  • Water Technology & Industry
  • Circular economy
  • City Economic Development
  • Textile & Fashion Industry
  • Magreb & Mashreq regions

#MedaWeek17 will be the platform for business to contribute to regional’s most pressing challenges

MedaWeek in figures

Annual average of 1,500 participants

Maximizing business in the region’s key sectors

  • Europe 79%
  • North Africa & Middle East 17%
  • Other (US, Latin America, Asia) 4%

Participation per region

Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona

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Co-funded by:

In collaboration with:

Sponsored by:

European Regional Development Fund    A way to make Europe