14th FEMIP Conference - "Tools for growth: Driving investment in the Mediterranean region"
2014 marks the beginning of a new period of EU cooperation with Mediterranean partner countries and the EIB – as the EU bank – will invest some EUR 10 billion in the region over the next seven years. As presented in the Bank’s Roadmap for the Mediterranean, endorsed at the Athens Ministerial Meeting in April 2014, we will use this period to further strengthen our activities as the region’s large-scale financier, supporting long-term investments in both the public and private sectors.
As partner countries seek to identify and take advantage of new opportunities for growth against a challenging political, social and economic backdrop, the 14th FEMIP Conference will provide an overview of the financial tools available to the Mediterranean countries, where both financing and technical expertise are needed to move forward with projects and investments.
The conference will be split into four discussion-based sessions, allowing delegates to interact with key figures to gain a better understanding of the opportunities for investment in the region. A high-level panel on strategy in the opening session will be followed by three thematic sessions addressing core development finance activities: lending, blending and advising. Each of these sessions will focus on a particular sector – SMEs, energy and transport – in order to stimulate practical and operational discussions throughout the day.
On Wednesday 29 October, delegates have the opportunity to attend an international event organised by the Italian Presidency on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation. Commencing at 18.00 at the Teatro Mercadante, the evening includes the “Mediterranean Awards” ceremony, with high-profile international winners, followed by a musical event and reception-dinatoire. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a place.
Welcoming speech - Dario Scannapieco, EIB Vice-president
Opening remarks - Werner Hoyer, EIB President