Investments in Mediterranean countries at the center of Marseille’s event Act III

4 December 2019

After the success of Mediterranean of the Future Acts I and II, dealing with the topics of climate change (2017), as well as youth and innovation (2018), the French Region South Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur organised the 3rd Act, held on 26 November 2019 in Marseille and dedicated to the topic of investments in Mediterranean countries.

The event was organised around two main objectives: 1. the facilitation of high-level discussions among representatives of Mediterranean countries about major economic and societal challenges in the Mediterranean bassin macroregions; and 2. bringig toghether public and private investors, and putting them in contact with project leaders from the different shores of the Mediterranean.

PLATFORMA was there to represent European local and regional governments’  perspective and defend the role of decentralised cooperation.

Keynote contributions addressed the issue of industrial innovation as a driver for place-based development (knowledge and data industry, energy transition and renewable energy industry), and four specific roundtables addressed questions related to focused topics:

  1. acceleration of economic and cooperative projects in the Mediterranean region, in particular though investments in agricultural production, renewable energy production, cultural and creative industries, maritime transport and economy, as well as tourism;
  2. financing of innovative cooperative projects, in particular the role of public donors, national financing modalities, as well as internal financial organisations (World Bank, European Investment Bank, African Development Bank) and private investors, in financing a new generation of development projects addressing common challenges, such as youth unemployment, illegal trafficking, boosting innovative SMEs, women’s empowerment, or enabling co-development through exchange of good practices and sharing of knowledge and resources;
  3. energy transition and renewable energy projects, addressing common energy and climate challenges which require multilateral engagement and efforts as well as multi-actor co-development solutions and technological know-how transfer, such as renewable energy production plants, or innovative marine wind solutions;
  4. digital integration projects, which could place the Mediterranean region firmly in the context of future knowledge- and data-based industrial development, such as data centres for smart cities and internet of things (IoT), joint digital platforms dedicated to educational content, or to the conservation of architectural and cultural heritage, as well as the use of digital data in the context of increasing urbanisation and emergence of smart digital cities.


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