Friday | 23 Feb 2024

EMEA announces final INVESTMED Advocacy Session presenting key policy recommendations for an enabling environment for entrepreneurs

The Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association will hold the final INVESTMED Advocacy Session on Monday 11th December presenting key policy recommendations, developed under the recently published EMEA policy papers, available here. The session objective is to present the main outcomes of the INVESTMED project related to building an enabling environment for green, blue, cultural, and creative MSMEs in Tunisia, Egypt, and Lebanon.

On the one hand, Mediterranean MSMEs face important challenges in terms of competitiveness, sustainability, internationalization and capacity to innovate which call for new solutions to ensure their growth and continued existence at the regional and national policy level. On this basis, the INVESTMED policy papers aim to address both economic, social and environmental challenges, supporting new, sustainable business opportunities for young people and women in three countries: Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia.

The policy recommendations presented in the papers will be introduced to initiate the discussion about the key factors needed to facilitate entrepreneurial endeavours in the region. The themes with special focus are: education and skills, the regenerative economy, fostering social enterprises, and financial inclusion. The panel is composed of 4 researchers, authors of the 4 policy papers, and will be moderated by EMEA Senior Researcher, Dr. Yeganeh Forouheshfar.


15:00-15:05 Welcome Dr. Yeganeh Forouheshfar, Senior Researcher, EMEA
15:05-15:10 Introduction and Setting the Scene Dr. Yeganeh Forouheshfar, Senior Researcher, EMEA
15:10-15:20 Education and Skills Sandra Challita, Associate Professor at emlyon business school
15:20-15:30 Credit Guarantee Schemes to Promote Financial Inclusion Mais Sha’ban, Assistant Professor at Al- Zaytoonah University of Jordan
15:30-15:40 Fostering Social Enterprises Najat El Mekkaoui, Associate Professor,  Université Paris Dauphine PSL
15:40-15:50 A Framework for Action for the Regenerative Economy Carlo Sessa, President at ISIS-Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems
15:50-16:20 Moderated Discussion Led by Dr. Yeganeh Forouheshfar
16:20-16:30 Concluding Remarks Dr. Yeganeh Forouheshfar