A Business Hub of the 5+5 Dialogue to Export Worldwide
Wednesday, 21st November
Casa Llotja de Mar | Barcelona
The North Africa Business Development Forum is one of the most iconic fora in the history of the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders, and by far the longest-running one.
Like every year, this session is jointly organized by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), and lays the groundwork for exploring the most relevant topics in the region. Concretely, the NABDF addresses the economic climate in North Africa, as well as its repercussions on politics and society. Represented by the business communities of both North Africa and Southern Europe, this Forum shines light on key economic trends and developments across the region.
This year’s edition will continue to address the region’s most relevant topics, placing special emphasis on the 5+5 Dialogue countries. These represent the geographic area that comprises a total of ten Mediterranean countries: 5 from the north and 5 from the south. These are, Spain, France, Italy, Malta and Portugal, on one side, and Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia on the other. In particular, the NABDF will address socio-economic complementarities and untapped potential that exists among these countries, giving way for dialogue and debate on a unique regional platform, which is the MedaWeek Barcelona.
Following a full-day format, the conference will unravel to cover the following topics:
- Explore business opportunities in the recently launched African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): Boosting Intra-African Trade (BIAT) and leveraging Northern Africa as a strategic gateway and partner for the Mediterranean.
- North Africa’s digital evolution: innovation as a tool for economic development/growth
- Positioning Northern Africa on a global scale: untap the region’s potential on an international market and creating emerging and lasting alliances
- Shaping the future: lessons learned and business inspirations from Mediterranean Economic leaders under 40 (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, Libya).
Together, the audience and high-level panelists will explore and address these themes, bringing to the table expert analyses and concrete examples.
The forum will feature speakers with different backgrounds, skills and expertise from across the region. Given the dynamic format of the conference, participants and panelists alike are welcome to share their experiences, including business opportunities and most pressing challenges in the Mediterranean.
Finally, the Forum will provide an ample platform for networking, offering plenty of business connections and opportunities within the framework of the MedaWeek18.
Within the framework of EBSOMED Academy
“Support and Improve the Quality of BSO & Promote BSO Networking”
Within the framework of EBSOMED Academy, the EBSOMED project (Enhancing Business Support Organizations and Business Networks in the Southern Neighborhood) will be presented as follows: main activities, goals and services, how to improve the quality of the BSOs and promoting BSO networking.
Wednesday, 21st November
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break & Networking
10:45 – 11:00 Presentation of the EBSOMED Project
Anaël Le Bihan, Head of Cooperation Projects, Association of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Mediterranean (ASCAME)
11:00 – 12:30 Western Mediterranean: a Hub for Africa and Europe
Identifying main challenges and instruments for business developement and for investment. Exploring Business Opportunities in the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Enhance integration of the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Chair: Mireia Borrell, Director General for Foreign Relations, Generalitat de Catalunya
Fathallah Sijilmassi, Former Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
Arslan Chikhaoui, Chairman, Nord Sud Ventures Strategy Consultancy Center
Houda Benghazi, General Manager, Consejo económico Marruecos-España (CEMAES)
Roger Albinyana, Director of Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development, European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)
Yanis Benyelles, Director, Co Ges Developpement
12:30 – 14:30 Senegal Investment Opportunities for Mediterranean Countries
- The Plan for an Emerging Senegal (PES) is a national strategy of economic & social development of the Republic of Senegal and it consists of a set of strategic policies designed to reform Senegal into an emergent country and a logistic-industrial-touristic hub for the region.
- The PES is constituted by a wide range of structural measures in order to improve the business environment, strengthen human capital, improve economic financing, and much more. Additionally, there are many incentives within the plan such as an investment plan in priority sectors with exponential growth and potential of employment creation (industry, agriculture, mining, energy, infrastructure, logistic, tourism, services, social habitat, health, etc.). These are the “lighthouse projects,” 18 projects of public-private partnership (PPP).
Moderator: José R. Mohedano, Associated Counselor AXIS Afrique
Joan Ramon Rovira, Director of Economic Studies and International of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce
Cheikh Kante, Minister for the Plan for an Emerging Senegal of the Republic of Senegal
Khoudia Mbaye, Minister for Investments and Development of the Republic
14:30 – 15:00 Lunch Break & Networking
15:30 – 17:30 Afternoon Working Session: A Rising Software-Driven Generation
Chair: Joan Romero, Chief Executive Officer, ACCIÓ / Catalonia Trade & Investment, Government of Catalonia
- Challenging traditional sectors: A collaborative software-based economy. Introduction by Isaac Martín Barbero, Chief Cities & Communities Officer, Cabify
- The Controversial Relationship between Regulation and Entrepreneurship. Introduction by Mondher Khenfir, Entrepreneur and Business Angel, Wiki Startup
Roundtable debate with invited experts:
Davide Rovera, EWorks Manager, ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute
Bacely Yorobi, CEO and CO-Founder, ConnectX Global
Mar Alarcón, Founder and CEO, SocialCar
Marc Realp, General Manager, Catalan Competition Authority
Moises Santana, Managing Director, EMERGE Association
Mondher Jaziri, CEO, Owl Lab
Neila Benzina, Managing Director, Business and Décision Tunisia
Paul Fox, Director of Entrepreneurship Studies, La Salle Campus Barcelona
Roger Puigví, Public Affairs Manager, Scoot
Toni Mascaró, President, Barcelona Loves Entrepreneurs (BLE)
Senegal-Investment Opportunities Meeting
Casa Llotja de Mar | Barcelona
The Senegal-Investment Opportunities Meeting will discuss the Plan for an Emerging Senegal (PES).
The Plan for an Emerging Senegal (PES) is a national strategy of economic & social development of the Republic of Senegal and it consists of a set of strategic policies designed to reform Senegal into an emergent country and a logistic-industrial-touristic hub for the region. The PES is constituted by a wide range of structural measures in order to improve the business environment, strengthen human capital, improve economic financing, and much more. Additionally, there are many incentives within the plan such as an investment plan in priority sectors with exponential growth and potential of employment creation (industry, agriculture, mining, energy, infrastructure, logistic, tourism, services, social habitat, health, etc.). These are the “lighthouse projects,” 18 projects of public-private partnership (PPP).
The main objectives of PES are:
- To reach a durable growth rate from 7% to 8%.
- The creation of 600,000 jobs and $1,500 GDP per person.
The Senegal Meeting organized within the 15th edition of North Africa Business Development Forum framework will allow for the first time, keep direct contact with the highest figures of responsibility of the PES, which becomes a great opportunity for all the attendees to find out first-hand information of what the PES and Senegal has to offer.
This event will be open to all businesspeople interested in doing business in Senegal and will have the perfect opportunity to have direct contact with the main key figures of the Republic of Senegal’s government and the main responsible person for the PES, who will better explain in detail information about the existing opportunities of Senegal and discuss any doubt that might arise.
Join us at the Senegal Meeting and learn about the existing opportunities of PSE.
Wednesday, 21st November
Welcome and Presentation
Dr. Cheikh Kante, Minister for the Plan for an Emerging Senegal of the Republic of Senegal & Mrs. Khoudia Mbaye, Minister for Investments and Development of the Republic of Senegal
12:30 – 14:30 Senegal Investment Opportunities Meeting
Moderator – Mr. José R. Mohedano, Associated Counselor AXIS Afrique
Speaker – Josep María Gomes, Specialist in African Markets of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce
Speaker – Dr. Cheikh Kante, Minister for the Plan for an Emerging Senegal of the Republic of Senegal. PES Minister
What is the Emergent Plan of the Republic of Senegal?
- Sectors: Transport infrastructure, Health, Tourism, Industry & Services, Habitat & Social Housing, Energy, Mining, Agriculture and Education
Speaker – Mme. Khoudia Mbaye, Minister for Investments and Development of the Republic of Senegal:
Benefits and Grants for Investors at the Republic of Senegal
- Company’s registrations
- Fiscal policies (import taxes & rates, corporate tax, capital repatriation, and forth)
Debate – Round-table (face-to-face) with ministers