Agenda

DAY 1 – Thursday 2nd June 2016

Grand Serail, Beirut, Lebanon (Transportation is arranged from hotel)
08:30 – 09:00 Registration of Participants
09:00 – 09:30 Industry in Lebanon – Presentations
09:30 – 10:30 Speeches of Patronages
“The role of integrated industrial policy for the region”
  • Emmanuel NOUTARY, General Delegate ANIMA Investment Network, MedAlliance consortium
  • Yehia AL SHEMALI, President, Arab Federation for Industrial Export Development
  • Cristiano PASINI, Representative and director, UNIDO
  • H.E. Riad SALAME, Governor of Central Bank of Lebanon
  • H.E. Christina MARKUS LASSEN, Head, Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon
  • H.E. Hussein ELHAJJ HASSAN, Minister of Industry, Lebanon
  • H.E. Tammam SALAM, Prime Minister, Lebanon
10:30 – 11:00  Welcoming cocktail
 Convention Room, Le Bristol Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon (Transportation is arranged)
12:00 – 13:30 Session I: Challenges for SMEs and complementarities between the EU, Mediterranean and Gulf Countries
Moderator: Emmanuel NOUTARY, General Delegate ANIMA Investment Network

  • Fawzi DIB, Senior Advisor, Union for the Mediterranean
  • Ziad BEKDACHE, Vice President, Association of Lebanese Industrialists, representing BusinessMed
  • Representative, ASCAME
  • Dr. Rateb SHALLAH, President, Syrian Enterprise & Business Centre
  • Dirk VANTYGHEM, Director International Affairs, EUROCHAMBRES
  • Mohamed BEN YOUSSEF, Chairman, Euro-Arab Business Council
  • Federico BEGA, Director of Strategy, Promos Italy
Ballroom, Le Bristol Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch offered by the Ministry of Industry
Convention Room, Le Bristol Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon (Transportation is arranged)
15:30 – 17:00 Session II: Doing business: How to access MENA markets and develop business relationships
Moderator: Dirk VANTYGHEM, Director International Affairs EUROCHAMBRES

  • Business environment and practices in MENA area by MENA law firm executives
    • Focus on Egypt: John SHEHATA, Of counsel, Bonelli Erede (Bio)
    • Focus on Jordan: Omar ALJAZY, Managing Partner, Aljazy & Co (Bio)
    • Focus on Morocco: Yasmine SOUFIANI, Moroccan Investment Development Agency (Bio)
    • Focus on Tunisia: Yacine LABIB, Labib Law Firm (Bio)
    • Focus on Lebanon: Karim DAHER, Partner, HBD-T Law Firm (Bio)
  • Testimonials from industry experts and executives
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee Break
17:30 – 18:30 Session III: Doing business: How to access GCC markets and develop business relationships
Moderator: Dr. Alaa Ezz, Board member, GACIC

  • Business environment and practices in the GCC by experts and law firm executives
    • Focus on UAE: Omar ALJAZY, Managing Partner, Aljazy & Co
    • Focus on Bahrain: Atef EL-SHARBAWY, CEO-founder Social Innovation Expert (Bio)
    • Focus on Saudi Arabia: Hadi MELKI, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP (Bio)
    • Focus on Yemen: Firas DEEB, Country Manager, SPARK
  • Testimonials from industry experts and executives
Villa Linda Sursock, Le Bristol Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon
21:00 – 22:00 Dinner (Villa Linda Sursock, Achrafieh, Beirut)

DAY 2 – Friday 3rd June 2016

 Convention Room, Le Bristol Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon
09:00 – 11:15 Session IV: Facilitate EU-Med-Gulf business linkages – Tools and services
Moderator: Diana KOBAYTER, Project Manager, Chamber of Commerce of Beirut and Mount Lebanon

Financing tools

  • New Funding opportunities for BSO cooperation and SME internationalisation, Vladimir ROJANSKI, European Commission, DG NEAR
  • Synergise with other donors funding opportunities, Dr. Alaa EZZ, GACIC
  • Transnational EU-Arab investment networks (business angels and private equity) Emmanuel NOUTARY, ANIMA Investment Network

Networking instruments

  • Business support offices available for servicing enterprises, Federico BEGA, Director of Strategy, Promos Italy
  • EU-MED-Gulf Chambers of commerce support networks, Dirk VANTYGHEM, EUROCHAMBRES
  • Regional business project portfolio available for organising matchmakings, Monica AIROLDI, Project manager, ANIMA Investment Network
  • Support to BSOs through EUROMED Invest Cooperation Engineering service, Jeanne LAPUJADE, Network & Development Coordinator, ANIMA Investment Network
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:30 Speed Networking between Business Support Organisations
Shaping consortia for future cooperation projects
Introduction: Esmat ALKARADSHEH, Coordinator, Eastern Mediterranean Office, ENPI CBC Med Programme

[In the perspective of the coming ENPI CBC MED launch of call for proposals, and other potential future opportunities, facilitated speed dating between Euro-Med BSOs to reflect on ideas, sectors, and shape future consortia.]
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch Break
15:00 – 16:30 Session V: Presentation of successful cooperation initiatives between Euro-MED BSOs
Moderators: George CATINIS, Muhamad SHABAREK, Euro-Arab Business Council

  • Presentation of successful EUROMED Invest engaged cooperation:
    • Cultural and Creative Industry regional strategy: Abdelkader BETARI, Director of International Relations, Agence de l’Oriental
    • EUROMED Invest Webinars: Christin PFEIFFER, Secretary General, INSME
    • Pollutec Algeria: Michel BEYET, Director European Affairs, CCI Rhône-Alpes
    • DiasporaLab Maghreb: Christian APOTELOZ, President, ACIM
  • Other inspiring cooperation experiences involving BSOs:
    • Green MED Initiative: Diana KOBAYTER, Project Manager, Chamber of Commerce of Beirut and Mount Lebanon
    • TEX-MED Clusters: Francesco PELLIZZARI, Technical Assistance Manager, Industrial Association of Prato
    • LACTIMED Project: Emmanuel NOUTARY, General Delegate, ANIMA Investment Network, & Said GEDEON, Deputy General Manager, Chamber of Commerce Industry & Agriculture Zahle & Bekaa
16:30 Closing remarks et continuation of speed networking