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EMEA President Prof. Rym Ayadi delivers keynote speech at the Trieste Eastern Europe Investment Forum

EMEA President Prof. Rym Ayadi delivers keynote speech at the Trieste Eastern Europe Investment Forum

The President of EMEA, Prof. Rym Ayadi, participated at the Trieste Eastern Europe Investment Forum 2022 which took place in hybrid format on Thursday 23 June 2022. The Forum was organized by the Italian Banking Insurance and Finance Federation (FeBAF) in cooperation with MIB Trieste School of Management.

Prof. Ayadi delivered the keynote speech “An opportunity towards a sustainable recovery in the Mediterranean and Africa” at the session “The implication of the War for Euro Mediterranean and Euro-African Financial Cooperation and Development”. At her speech she emphasised that “a private and public blended financing is essential to accelerate the sustainable recovery in the Mediterranean and Africa.”

The session was chaired by Massimo Deandreis – General Manager S.R.M. Economic Research Center related to Intesa Sanpaolo Group. The panel included Barbara Beltrame – Confindustria, Alfonso Iozzo – Robert Triffin International, Piero Gaggi – ABI Italian Banking Association, Gian Paolo Ruggiero – International Fund for Agriculture Development, Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, Mouna Saaied Gattoufi – Tunisian Professional Association for Banks and Financial Institutions, Jean-Léonard Touadi – FAO Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Euro-Mediterranean region (EM) and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have been negatively affected by the conflict in multiple ways. The EU has a vested interest in taking the lead in enhancing security and sustainable development in the EM and SSA. The panel discussed if the EU policies been adequate to that purpose, what partnerships in the field of energy can be established and what is the role of the financial sector.

The Trieste’s Forum has been a traditional place of meeting and discussion among policymakers, regulators, professionals, academia, and financial sector stakeholders from South-Eastern Europe countries since 2016.This year the financial cooperation and development in the new geopolitical and economic scenario in Eastern Europe and the Euro-Mediterranean region, affected by the war in Ukraine, were the main issues discussed by the forum participants.

Link to the policy paper “A Proposal to fund a Resilient and Sustainable Recovery for the Mediterranean and Africa”