Méditerranée du Futur – Act III

After the success of Acts I and II of the “Mediterranean of the Future”, dealing respectively with the theme of climate as well as youth and innovation, the South Region is pleased to invite you to Act III, which will be dedicated to investments in Mediterranean countries.

This event, which will be held on 26 November 2019 in Marseille at the Palais du Pharo, will have a dual objective :
• Invite high-level personalities from 30 different countries to discuss about the major economic and societal challenges in the Mediterranean;
• Bring together public and private investors and put them in contact with project leaders from the different shores of the Mediterranean.

This event is an exceptional opportunity to :
Find ambitious projects to finance on both sides of the Mediterranean
Major infrastructure projects (TGV, Datacenter, Sanitation station…)
Innovative start-ups (BioTech, FoodTech, Education, IoT, GreenTech…)
Territorial and cooperation projects (Urban planning, Environment, Culture…)

Meet the key players in investing in a privileged setting
Major political leaders (Ministers, Ambassadors of the Mediterranean countries)
Major banking Institutions and experts (The World Bank, AFD, EIB…)
Private investors in the zone (Africinvest, Ardian…)
Coporate heads

Detect major investment opportunities in the Mediterranean Region
Round tables with experts on the economic challenges of the Mediterranean and investment opportunities
Presentations of major ongoing projects in digital integration and sustainable development

In total, 100 projets seeking financing to accelerate their development on both sides of the Mediterranean. Invest in Méditerranée du Futur !



Pre-program – Palais du Pharo, Marseille, France – November 26, 2019


08h00 : Reception of participants
09h00 : Introduction By Mr. Renaud Muselier President of the SUD Region
09h10 : Keynote 1 – « Invest in Méditerranée du Futur: the challenges »
09h20 – 09h50 : Speech from French and Mediterranean Ministers
09h50 : Keynote 2 – Innovation projects in the food industry, testimonial of a mediterranean startup from the Agtech sector
10h05 : Roundtable 1 – Why invest in the Mediterranean territories?

10h50 : Coffee break

11h15 : Keynote 3 – « Boosting the potential of medical research in the Mediterranean », testimonial of a research institute project
11h30 : Testimony of Mediterranean projects (completed or underway)
12h15 : Keynote 4 – « Photovoltaics, an opportunity for the energy transition in the Mediterranean »

12h30 : Lunch cocktail / official photo / press conference

14h00 : Roundtable 2 – Why and how to finance cooperation projects for economic development in the Mediterranean?
15h00 : Roundtable 3 – Focus on Energy Transition / Renewable Energy in the Mediterranean: what major projects are at work to create the world of tomorrow?
16h00 : Roundtable 4 – DIGITAL Focus – What are the plans for digital integration in the Mediterranean?
17h00 : Awards ceremony

17h30 : Closing speech

Meeting Rooms – 2-hours workshops

14h00 :
Room 1
– “Innovative Enterprises” Session
10 pre-selected start-up pitches (5 minutes pitch per company)
Targeted investments: from 300,000 euros to 2 million euros

15h00 :
Room 2
– “Great Infrastructure Projects” Session
Targeted investments: tens of millions of euros

16h00 :
Room 3
– “Territorial Projects / Cooperation in the Mediterranean” Session
Targeted investments: from 300,000 euros to 2 million euros

From 10h30, simultaneously with the different events:

Workshops on European and regional financing solutions,

• Exhibitions stands, presenting innovative solutions developed by Mediterranean project leader,

• Presentation booths by the event’s partners (e.g. network of developers, etc…).

• A wooden model of EuroMéditerranée 1

Suggested roundtables introductions

A geostrategic crossroads between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the Mediterranean region is now at a turning point in its economic and demographic development.

Following the recent years upheavals, governments have launched ambitious reforms to modernize their economies and create a more favorable framework to welcome international investment.

On both shores of the Mediterranean, there has been an acceleration of economic or cooperative projects, particularly concerning following sectors:

  • agri-food: the Mediterranean has a variety of agro-climatic conditions for diversified production, and offers local and regional opportunities;
  • renewable energy, particularly in solar and wind power to meet growing energy needs;
  • Cultural and Creative Industries(CCI): The development of digital infrastructure supports the emergence of a culturally hungry youth and middle class, and a stimulated by democratic openness production;
  • maritime transport: the modernization of port infrastructure meets the needs of transport operators increasingly interested in This strategic space
  • finally, the number of visitors to the southern Mediterranean countries increased fourfold between 1990 and 2010.

throughout this inaugural roundtable, high-level speakers from all Mediterranean countries (Ministers, experts, entrepreneurs, investors, etc.) will describe this changing world and will present investment opportunities in the “Méditerranée du futur!”

10 years after the creation of the ‘Union for the Mediterranean’, the Euro-Mediterranean partnership is now being relaunched under the impetus of the SUD Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Region and its partners over the whole Mediterranean coast. Many cooperation projects are at work, whether in the field of education, culture, or the environment. They are part of a tightened dialogue strategy and joint actions, aiming at easing Youth employment, fighting illegal trafficking and activities, boosting innovation in SMEs, accompanying women’s empowerment, or create the conditions for a co-development by exchanging good practices and sharing of resources and equipment.

But how do we finance these cooperation projects? what financial instruments can be mobilized?

What role can major public donors and national (AFD, Bpifrance…) and international financial organisations (World Bank, EIB, African Development Bank…) play?

What can be the role of private investors in financing these development cooperation projects?

Mediterranean countries today face common energy and climate challenges that require high-level multilateral responses and ambitious private initiatives. These issues appear to be opportunities for many players who are carrying out major projects in the region that address both ecological and economic challenges.

During this roundtable, major players in the energy sector, involved in the construction of photovoltaic power plants on both sides of the Mediterranean or experimenting innovative solutions in marine wind will take the floor.

These examples illustrate a new type of Euro-Mediterranean partnership based on a principle of co-development and scientific/technological transfer between the two shores.

Particularly driven by the demand of young people, hungry for new technologies, mobile applications and digital content, digital is now one of the cornerstones of the development of the Mediterranean countries. To support this growth in the digital economy, many digital infrastructure projects (THD coverage, giant datacenters…) are currently underway or under consideration and are attracting increasing interest from public and private investors.

In this context, Marseille plays a key role as a hub for this digital integration in the Mediterranean, as the main underwater cables connecting data flows between Europe, Africa and the Middle East join in Marseille.

In addition to infrastructure projects, digital projects in the Mediterranean are also focused on the field of cooperation, which include, for example, the creation of pan-Mediterranean digital platforms dedicated to the dissemination of educational content, or to the conservation of architectural and cultural heritage.

Beyond that, in order to smartly address this influx of digital data in a highly urbanized Mediterranean area, we observe the gradual affirmation of a specific “smart city”model, several examples of which will be presented at the roundtable.


M. Edouard Philippe
M. Edouard PhilippeFrench Prime Minister (since 2017)
M. Jean-Yves Le Drian
M. Jean-Yves Le DrianMinister for Europe and Foreign Affairs
M. Sergio Pimenta
M. Sergio PimentaVice President, Middle East and Africa, International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group
Mme Sahar Nasr
Mme Sahar NasrEgyptian Minister of Investment and International Cooperation
M. Zied Ladhari
M. Zied LadhariTunisian Minister for Development, Investment and International Cooperation
M. Bertrand Piccard
M. Bertrand PiccardChairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation
M. Hugues Parant
M. Hugues ParantDirector-General of “Euroméditerranée”, a Public Planning Establishment (EPA)
M. Jean-Luc Allavena
M. Jean-Luc AllavenaPresident and Founder of Atlantys Investors
M. Stéphane Colin
M. Stéphane ColinPresident of Africinvest Europe
M. Khaled Sedrak
M. Khaled SedrakPresident of NXTVN
M. Jean-Marc Fornéri
M. Jean-Marc FornériPresident of Bucephale Finance
Pr. Benedict Oramah
Pr. Benedict OramahPresident of Afreximbank
M. Abdelkader Betari
M. Abdelkader BetariPresident of Anima Investment Network
Mme Blanca Moreno Dodson
Mme Blanca Moreno DodsonManager of the Center for Mediterranean Integration
M. Bernard Valéro
M. Bernard ValéroDirector-General of the « Agence des Villes et Territoires Méditerranéens durables » (Avitem)
M. Emmanuel Noutary
M. Emmanuel NoutaryManaging Director of ANIMA Investment Network, The Next Society
M. Charles-Henri Malécot
M. Charles-Henri MalécotManaging Director of STOA (AFD/CDC Mutual Fund)
Mme Claire Charbit
Mme Claire CharbitHead of Unit Territorial Dialogues and Migration. Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE)
Mme Sarah Marniesse
Mme Sarah MarniesseHead of the Development Campus at AFD (the French Development Agency)
M. Fabrice Coquio
M. Fabrice CoquioPresident Interxion France
M. Laurent Zylberberg
M. Laurent ZylberbergSenior Executive Vice-President in charge of Public, International a European Affairs
M. Jérôme Cathala
M. Jérôme CathalaPresident of the Mediterranean Centre for Audiovisual Communication (CMCA)
M. Jean-Loïc Galle
M. Jean-Loïc GalleChairman and CEO - Thales Alenia Space
M. Marwad Lahoud
M. Marwad LahoudPartner at Tikehau Capital
M. László Trócsányi
M. László TrócsányiEuropean Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement


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Palais Du Pharo
58, Boulevard Charles Livon
13007 – Marseille

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