The 12th Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders (MedaWeek Barcelona 2018), is scheduled to start from 21 to 23 November in Barcelona. This year’s edition will focuc on building bridges with Africa and Asia, and address the impact of the digital revolution on the region’ economies.
The meeting, which takes place this year under the slogan “One sea, three continents: sharing common objectives,” is organised by the Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME), the Chamber of Commerce, the Industry and Navigation of Barcelona, the Union for the Mediterranean (UpM), the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona (CZFB), together with the collaboration of other regional and international organisations. The event is co-funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and the International Promotion Plan Programme of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.
MedaWeek Barcelona is an economic and business forum focused on promoting the private sector, with the economic development as a pillar of regional integration, and the economies of the Mediterranean worldwide.
Its main focus is the innovation and digitalisation in the Mediterranean, as explained by the organisers of the event, who recall that 60% of the population of the countries of the Mediterranean coast are under 30-years-old, and with a high unemployment rate, so technology can play an inclusive role.
MedaWeek will also offer other forums about the so-called blue economy, the hospitality sector, the halal industry, human resources and mobility, and will address in a contemporary expanse of deliberation the challenges opened by the discovery of new gas developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the opportunities they represent for the region.
In addition, this year, the economic meeting will “widen its horizons towards Africa and Asia” and will “build bridges for trade and investment with the regions and neighbouring countries of the Mediterranean Sea.”