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Sunday, November 18, 2007

EFFORTS FOR MEDI ZONE ARE PROCEEDING STEP BY STEP

From 21-11-2007 to 22-11-2007- Marseilles, FranceLeader : The Economist /EPAEM/ANIMA - Partner : VdM/ Région /CCIMP

Conference : EURO-MEDITERRANEAN BUSINESS SUMMIT « The steady rise of Euro-Mediterranean Partnerships »

ANIMA - 3ème Euro-Mediterranean Business Summit 2007 (€-MBS) - 21 November 2007
Economist Conferences and ANIMA, with the support of several regional partners are once again organising a “Euro-Mediterranean Business Summit”. During the past few months, considerable effort has been made around the Mediterranean region to improve the business climate, open economies to outside investors and encourage trade. Net investment into the MENA region has more than quadrupled since 2000. But more private investment, both domestic and foreign, is still sorely needed to increase capacity. For their part, governments need to create a sound regulatory environment for cross-border investors and risk-takers. The need for high-quality public services and infrastructure such as road transportation, airports, railway restructuring, ports, IT, housing and other facilities is acute. With it comes the challenge of harnessing and successfully combining expertise and resources from the private and public sectors. Public private partnerships (PPP), privatisation programmes and other such arrangements are now at the forefront of governments’ economic agendas! Topics for discussion will include: · Has the framework within which the public and private sectors interact truly grown more robust in recent months? If so, to what extent does it reduce investors’ risks? · How reliable is the regulatory framework for PPP in the Euro-Med region? · What can the private sector contribute to the discussion? How can partnerships be financed? · What has been their investment experience in the region? What lessons have they learned? · What is the future of information, telecommunications and innovation in the region? · Where can best practices be found and how can they be more widely shared? Economist Conferences are gathering major Gulf investors, international companies and government leaders in Marseille on November 22nd, 2007 to address these questions.

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