The 12th edition | One Sea, Three Continents – Sharing Common Goals

November 21st – 23rd, 2018

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: #MedaWeek18 is the perfect opportunity to bring together with a single voice the Mediterranean´s private sector

Over the course of three days (November 21st, 22nd and 23rd), the MedaWeek Barcelona will host a number of key thematic and sectoral fora. In the past edition, the event counted with more than 60 working sessions, and enjoyed over 1,500 attendees from all corners of the world. These included entrepreneurs and representatives of the private sector, business support organizations such as chambers of commerce and promotion agencies, political authorities, and international coverage from a number of local and foreign media agencies. Altogether, the MedaWeek Barcelona saw participation from over 36 countries across the globe and this year’s edition is no exception.

Together, the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME), the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), and numerous international bodies will be joining forces to foster diversity as driver for regional growth and integration. The very composition and turn-out of the MedaWeek should be reflected – on a larger scale – onto the entire region. This means tapping into the region’s potential, bringing together the region’s cultures and skills, in order to benefit from a prosperous and united Mediterranean.

The 12th edition of the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders (MedaWeek Barcelona) as in previous editions, will bring many trending topics on the table. Firstly, the importance for key players to understand and embrace their common goals as a region and explore how to develop them in synergies. Secondly, to consolidate Barcelona as the regional socio-economic hub thus becoming the Mediterranean city for exchange, dialogue and integration par excellence. Thirdly, to explore how innovation has been and could be impacting the Mediterranean’s development.

Also, the Mediterranean should 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. As Benjamin Franklin said “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” The region’s diversity should result in cooperation, 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 motto “One Sea, Three Continents: Sharing Common Goals” – the MedaWeek18 will explore new trends and the impact of innovation related to these regional and global shifts to succeed.

Leading regional players and key experts will gather in the MedaWeek Barcelona that will consist in three main pillars: Events, Institutional Meeting and Projects & Initiatives.

I. Events


  • North Africa Business & Development Forum
  • Mediterranean Innovation & Digital Summit
    • Start-Up & Entrepreneurship Forum
    • Digital & Technology Forum
    • Innovation Forum
    • Finance & Funds for the Mediterranean Entrepreneurship
  • Mediterranean Hospitality Forum
  • Mediterranean Halal Forum

2.Mediterranean Economic and Sectorial Meetings

  • Mediterranean Human Capital

3.Mediterranean Talks

II. Institutional Meetings

III. Projects and Initiatives

With over a decade of solid experience and successful outcomes, the MedaWeek Barcelona offers new and timely topics, ample networking opportunities, and serves as a central hub for representatives of the private sector – in the Mediterranean and beyond.

#MedaWeek18 is the regional platform par excellence for the private sector to get involved into the region´s most remarkable opportunities,

MedaWeek in figures

Annual average of 1,500 participants

Maximizing business in the region’s key sectors

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

Participation per region

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Co-funded by:

European Regional Development Fund    A way to make Europe