Working together for a sustainable Mediterranean region

The 2nd Mediterranean Social Economy Forum will provide the audience with an overview of social economy within the Mediterranean and will present the contribution of these enterprises and organisations in terms of entrepreneurship, job creation and maintenance of employment, social cohesion, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development for the Mediterranean region.

The Social Economy is a relevant part of the private sector in the Euromed region, with more than 3.2 million enterprises that represent 15 million jobs. Social Economy is a private stakeholder able to enliven the EU economy, where it represents 8% of the GDP and the economies of several European Member States where it represents 10% of the GDP, as in the case of Spain or France.

Social Economy is on the socio-economic agenda of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. The Ministers for Employment and Labour of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) have recognised the relevance of Social Economy at the Ministerial Conference held in Cascais (Portugal). This conference concluded that Social Economy “is not only an alternative way of delivering economic, social and environmental value, but also a smart way of unlocking resources creating sustainable employment, and generating inclusive economic growth in the region”.

The Euro-Mediterranean Social Economy Network (ESMED) is the institutional benchmark platform for social economy in the Mediterranean. It brings together the 14 main Social Economy organisations of Algeria, Egypt, France, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey, representing more than 900,000 Social Economy enterprises and organisations, 8 million jobs and 100 million associated members. The ESMED Network co-organises this Forum with ASCAME.

22nd November 2019


Co-organised with:


9:00 – 9:15


9:15 – 10:30

Consuls Room

Official Opening of the Third Day of MedaWeek Barcelona 2019 and the Mediterranean Social Economy Forum

The 3rd Official Opening of the MedaWeek Barcelona (Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders) will place Social Economy at the heart of the entrepreneurial models and see how this business model, that is used by more than 3.5 million companies that have already generated 15 million jobs, performs in the countries of southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Anwar Zibaoui

General Coordinator, ASCAME & MedaWeek Barcelona

Joan Canadell

President, Barcelona Chamber of Commerce

Ahmed M. El Wakil

President, ASCAME

Ali Al-said El-moselhy

Minister of Supply and Internal Trade, Government of Egypt

Marta Felip

General Secretary of Business and Knowledge, Government of Catalonia

María Antonia Pérez León

Acting Director General for Self-employment, Social Economy and CSR – Ministry of Labour, Migration & Social Security, Government of Spain

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30

Social Economy in the EuroMed region

Presentation of the book published by CAJAMAR about Social Economy in the Mediterranean.
Eduardo Baamonde

President, Cooperative Bank CAJAMAR

María Antonia Pérez León

Acting General Director for Self-Employment, Social Economy and CSR, Ministry of Labour, Migrations & Social Security of Spain

General Coordinator, ESMED Network

11:30 – 12:30

Daurat Room

Round table: The state of Social Economy enterprises and organisations in EuroMed countries.

The leaders and directors of the main national Social Economy organisations will address in this session the reality of these enterprises and organisations in the northern and southern Mediterranean countries and debate on the main priorities to develop Social Economy in the region.
Carlos Lozano

Coordinator of International Affairs, Spanish Confederation of Social Economy Enterprises (CEPES)

Secretariat, ESMED Network

Kamel Boussafi

Professor of Economics, Higher School of Business

Giancarlo Ferrari

Representative, Italian Cooperative Alliance

Mounir Elghazoui (TBC)

Member of the Board and Treasurer, Moroccan Network of Social and Solidarity Economy (REMESS)

12:30 – 13:30

Daurat Room

Round-table: Social Economy enterprises: innovation and sustainable development stakeholders in the Mediterranean.

This round table aims at showing benchmark Social Economy enterprises from both shores of the Mediterranean that make a significant contribution to sustainable development, job creation and the maintenance of employment as well as to the promotion of social innovation.
Abdelkader Harmat

President, Hydroelectric Mutuality

President, Mutuality of Families

Elisenda Xifre Camps

Project Director, Suara Cooperative

Faris Alami

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, International Strategic Management

Amandine Albizzati

President, ENERCOOP Cooperative

Amina Ben Fadhl (TBC)

Head of the ProgrESS program to promote social economy in Tunisia, ProgrESS program

13:30 – 13:55

Daurat Room

Initiatives and programmes that foster Social Economy business development

This session focuses on the initiatives and programmes launched by EU Institutions, International Organisations as well as private associations in favour of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in Social Economy.
Roser Hernández

Deputy Director for Social Economy, Third Sector and Cooperatives, Government of Catalonia

Samira Labidi

President, Entreprendre au Maghreb Association

Gianluca Pastorelli

President & Executive Director, DIESIS

Mohammed Elrazzaz

Business Development and Employment Department, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)

13:55 – 14:00

Daurat Room

Final Comments

Chakir El Homrani Lesfar

Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Families, Government of Catalonia

General Coordinator, ESMED Network

14:00 – 15:00

Lunch Break & Networking

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