On the 15th of September, 8 ENPI CBC projects were presented to the new Egyptian government by its partners, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, re-presented by Ahmed Wakil, CEEBA, the Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations represented by Dr. Nader Riad, the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport represented by Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar and Mr. Tarek Tawfik for the Egyptian Federation of Industries.
The projects that bring together 76 partner organizations from France, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal as well as Lebanon, Jordan, and Tunisia developing industry, tourism, solar energy, agro-foods and environment will serve Egypt in various business, educational and energy and touristic sectors.
The Ministers of International Cooperation and Scientific Research as well as EU ambassadors and diplomats, governmental officials from the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education and Energy were among the distinguished guests of the presentation.
El Wakil stressed the importance of these projects as the European Union is and has always been a key trade and investment partner.
He pointed out that Egypt has received more than 6 billion Euros from the European Investment Bank which exceeds 25% of the total funding for all the Mediterranean countries, and more than half of this amount is dedicated to the private sector in fields of Industry, Energy, Transportation and SME projects.
He added that the bilateral trade with the EU accounts with more than 32% of Egypt's total trade with the rest of the world, which increased to 23.4 billion euros.
Dr. Ashraf El Araby, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation in his speech has assured that the EU-Egyptian relations is on solid ground and the coming period will witness further development, pointing out that the government is working on economic driven programs over the coming six months through labor intensive projects which serves the majority of the citizens to provide employment opportunities.
On the other hand, Dr. Ramzy Estino, Minister of Scientific Research exemplified the importance of private sector cooperation, presented by the Federation of Egyptian Chambers and the various scientific research bodies to achieve remarkable development in the production process noting that the coming period will behold multiple meetings with business organizations' representatives to discuss their problems specially small enterprises and develop practical solutions through training opportunities and also working on improving the quality of the end product, which is also one of the goals of the 8 EU ENPI CBC projects.
LACTIMED aims to foster the production and distribution of typical and innovative dairy products in the Mediterranean by organizing local value chains, supporting producers in their development projects and creating new markets for their products. The project is financed, for an amount of EUR 4.35 million, by the European Union through the European Neighbour-hood and Partnership Instrument. From November 2012 to May 2015, ANIMA and its 11 partners will organize a hundred operations targeting the various stakeholders of the dairy chains of Alexandria (Egypt), the Bekaa (Lebanon), Bizerte (Tunisia), Sicily (Italy) and Thessaly (Greece).
The Green MED Initiative – GMI aims to develop and educate the youth of the partner countries about the importance of recycling and the environment. Furthermore by engaging youth communities in recycling activities at local levels and by creating a cross border partnership and unifying them around a joint cause which is recycling, the project promises cultural development while at the same time creating the need for legislative action towards enforcing recycling especially in countries where it is lacking. It will trigger the investment and development of thought whether in business, economics, and sciences by shedding the light on the opportunity and providing a wide network for interaction using advanced communication tools.
The GMI Project is partnering with 6 Mediterranean countries which are Lebanon; Egypt (Alexandria); Italy (Sardinia); Spain (Cataluña); France (Marseille); and Tunisia (Tunis).
MedDiet aims to increase the awareness of consumers (in particular young people and children - exposed to the risk of losing Mediterranean healthy eating habits) and of SMEs (in particular restaurants) about the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet (MD) by reinforcing the capacity of schools, local authorities, chambers of commerce/ business organizations and policy making institutions to implement effective and sustainable initiatives for safeguarding MD in Egypt, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Spain and Tunisia as well as promote stable cooperation between local actors in the EU and Neighbourhood regions involved in the enhancement of traditional heritage through the tourist’s offer and to develop an agro-food high-level production.
FOSTER in MED project aims to promote the adoption of innovative solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies in the Mediterranean area. The project adopts a multi-layer strategic approach, with the involvement of the local stakeholders, in order to ensure that the results of the project activities will have a multiplicative effect at the Mediterranean Basin level, in terms of outcomes replication, dissemination and transferability of results both beyond the partnership and after the end of the Project. The Specific Objective of the Project is to transfer the know how in the solar energy innovative field, to implement and promote a shared design methodology and to promote Solar Energy innovative technologies at civil society level.
UMAYYAD aims to setup of non-beach cultural itinerary based on the Bany Umaya rout from Syria to North Africa to Spain and Portugal in partnership with Mediterranean Cruise lines and support of handicrafts and ethnic industries and to contribute to the improvement of territorial cohesion in order to overcome the seasonal misbalances in tourism sector within the Mediterranean territory through promotion of sustainable tourism based on synergies derived from the design of a cultural itinerary focusing on the Umayyad heritage.
Tex Med Cluster aims to create a Mediterranean Textile Cluster to increase joint design, subcontracting, regional trade and joint ventures with Italy, Spain, and Greece, Tunisia, Jordan, and Palestine.
Goals project focuses on Mediterranean tourism and developing and promoting 7 integrated thematic itineraries/28 packages and promotion of Tourism Total Quality Management.
Sustexnet works on increasing the competitiveness of the Textile Sector and their environmental compliance through the development of research-driven clusters.
About ENPI CBC Programme: The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestinian Authority, Portugal, Spain, Syria, and Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English and French.
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