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FEMISE accession to ANIMA

The co-ordinators of FEMISE, Institut de la Méditerranée (France) and Economic Research Forum (Cairo) are pleased to announce that FEMISE has joined the ANIMA Investment Network as a Strategic Member.



ANIMA Investment Network is a multi-country cooperation platform for economic development in the Mediterranean. The ANIMA network, based in Marseille (France), gathers national and regional investment promotion agencies, international organisations, business federations, innovation clusters, financial investors and research institutes from the region.

The identity of FEMISE is linked to the consolidation of a network of research institutes capable of implementing North-South and South-South interactions. Within the network, we have launched a dynamic of know-how and knowledge transfer. Our works and actions are always carried out in close collaboration between economists of both shores, which makes our strength.

In an evolving regional climate, it seemed natural for FEMISE to partner with ANIMA, a network with values that we share and whose objectives and know-how are complementary to those of FEMISE. This accession will facilitate synergies to produce and maximize impact of recommendations towards EU-Med policy makers. It will also increase the capacity for dissemination / communication and the ability of being present on more issues that could benefit from a pooling of complementary skills.

A first association between the two historical structures of Marseille within the framework of a project on the Euro-Mediterranean region will be announced in the coming weeks.

This first project marks the beginning of a long-term collaboration that opens up new opportunities to nurture the Euro-Mediterranean dynamic.


The Real Potential of the Digital Economy discussed at “12th Mediterranean Economic Rendez Vous”

The 12th Mediterranean Economic Rendez-Vous at the Villa de la Méditerranée 

“The development of digital technology and the job market in the Mediterranean”

Introductory speech by Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Rendez Vous Economiques de la Méditerranée, Marseille, Villa Méditerranée, November 3rd (photo by Robert Kao)

Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, 12th Rendez Vous Economiques de la Méditerranée (photo FEMISE)

This year, the twelfth Economic Rendez-Vous, held on the afternoon of Thursday 3rd November as part of Mediterranean Economic Week (Marseille, Villa Méditerranée), were devoted to the profound changes to the manufacturing sector (and in particular to the social aspect of labour markets) resulting from digital development.

The debates that took place allowed for discussion on the real contribution of digital technology to the future development of Mediterranean countries, as well as on forecasts for various sectors with regard to job creation (and losses due to the expected decrease in traditional jobs) and on providing incentivising public policies.

Debates also allowed for discussion on the policies being undertaken in an international context and especially within the wider Euro-Mediterranean region.

FEMISE partnered with the organizers (Cercle des économistes and Institut de la Méditerranée) and participated to the debates.


Patricia Augier, Co-ordinator and Scientific Director of FEMISE (photo FEMISE)

In her speech, Prof. Patricia Augier, Co-ordinator and Scientific Director of FEMISE, highlighted that by acting on the different components of the labor market, the digital economy can potentially be a tool to help the economic and social convergence of the two shores of the Mediterranean. There is a real potential for growth, new vocations and jobs. However, digital development must be done intelligently, gradually, so that its positive contributions can be effectively absorbed in developing and emerging countries.

The position of Femise is that the positive effects that can derive from digital tools (including those affecting the labor market) are real but will not happen spontaneously: Public action is essential, not only to transform potentially positive effects into real effects, but also to avoid increasing different forms of divergences. The speech of Pr Patricia AUGIER is available here (in French).

Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Maryse Louis, General Manager FEMISE and Constantin Tsakas, General Manager Institut de la Méditerranée and General Secretary FEMISE (photo by Robert Kao)

Johannes Hahn (EU), Maryse Louis (GM, FEMISE and Prog Manager, ERF) and Constantin Tsakas (GS, FEMISE and GM, IM) (photo FEMISE)

Moreover, the Rendez-Vous had the honour and pleasure of welcoming Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, who made an introductory speech to the Rendez-Vous.

In his speech, Commissioner Hahn highlighted how digital technologies and services are now part of the daily lives of most of the global population, bringing efficiency and affordable communication. They have created new services and products, giving access to vast amounts of information and raising the voice of ordinary citizens. There is no doubt that the sustainable society of tomorrow will be a digital one. This Digital revolution, however, also brings new challenges, such as new power asymmetries and influences, data protection concerns, debates on jurisdiction as well as cyber-security threats.

Commissioner Hahn was glad to note that there is an active policy dialogue on digital economy at the regional level, following the Union for the Mediterranean ministerial meeting on Digital Economy in 2014. This meeting also identified common challenges to be addressed and cooperation on this is on-going to tackle big data, e-infrastructure, a sound e-communication framework, privacy, Internet governance and other areas.

The entire introductory speech of Commissioner Hahn is available by clicking here.

The final declaration of the Rendez Vous Economiques can be found here.

A video resuming the European Commissioner’s meetings with representatives of FEMISE and of other institutions based in Marseille is available at the window below.



FEMISE participated through the EU-FEMISE project on “Support to Economic Research, studies and dialogues of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership”. The views expressed in this conference are the sole responsibility of the authors.

Policy Seminar on “Unlocking the Potential of the Private Sector in South Med Countries”

fem-aub-logoFEMISE is pleased to announce that its next Policy Seminar will be on the theme ofUnlocking the Potential of the Private Sector in South Med Countries” and will take place during the 5th of December 2016, in Beirut, Lebanon. The seminar is organised in collaboration with our partners, the Institute of Financial Economics, at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

The objective of this joint FEMISE-AUB policy seminar is to identify the different challenges that the private sector of the South Med countries is facing. From the one hand, the region suffers from large macroeconomic instabilities; and from the other, the sector faces complex administrative procedures and difficult access to finance for SMEs. The seminar will attempt to answer the following key question: “What measures could be taken to unlock the potentials of the private sector in the South Med countries?”. This will be done in three sessions and one roundtable discussion.

The concept note with more details about the contents of the seminar is available by clicking here.

The agenda is also available by clicking here.

flag_yellow_highThis event received financial support from the European Union through the FEMISE project on “Support to Economic Research, studies and dialogues of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership”. Any views expressed in this seminar are the sole responsibility of the speakers.


MED 2012 Report on Green Growth in the Mediterranean

2012Med_GBAfter 24 months of work, CMI, Femise and partners have released their report on the green growth potential in the Mediterranean, entitled  “2012 Med Report: Towards Green Growth in Mediterranean Countries: Implementing Policies to enhance the productivity of Natural Assets”. This thematic publication is the result of a joint collaboration initiated by the World Bank with FEMISE as coordinators in addition to other French Agency of Development (AFD), the EIB and the Bleu Plan.

Presented in 6 chapters, the report address the issue of how green growth can achieve sustainable development by enhancing the productivity of natural assets while preventing the negative social consequences of Environment degradation, notably in terms of the fundamental issue of employment. The report is presented as a way to open the debate and issue for a call for action on environemental pressing problems in the region.

As presented by the Director of CMI, Mats Karlson, The 2012 MED Report: Towards Green Growth in Mediterranean Countries is the product of a cooperative and consultative process in which national policy makers, partners, experts, and local private stakeholders were invited to share their experiences and expectations concerning the issues facing the region. The need to discuss those issues in a published report was confirmed by public and private decision makers in regional and local consultations. Tackling the multidimensional challenge of growth in the context of a vulnerable natural environment requires cooperation, coordination, and a comprehensive set of measures.2012Med_AR

The whole report in English (PDF, 140 p. 4,7 Mo)

Overview in French (PDF, 20p., 2,8 Mo)

عربي (Arabic Overview, PDF, 20p., 2,4 Mo)