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SEMED Business Forum: Unleashing the Potential

  • 04 Nov 2015
  • Skhirat, Morocco
  • EBRD, Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance and CGEM

Join EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti for the first business forum for the countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region – Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia – to take place in Skhirat, Morocco on 4 November 2015.  

This event will be held under the auspices of the Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finances and in cooperation with the Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM).  It will bring together key policy-makers, government officials, investors and prominent businesspeople to discuss investment opportunities and business prospects across the region.

President Chakrabarti will open the Forum together with the EBRD Governor for Morocco, Minister Mohammed Boussaid, and CGEM President Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun.  Joining the President and Minister Boussaid in discussion will be Dr Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt; Imad Naijib Fakhoury, Minister of Planning & International Cooperation of Jordan; and Amel Azzouz, State Secretary for international cooperation,  Ministry of Investment, Development and International Cooperation, Tunisia.

Four interactive working sessions will bring together executives from the public and private sectors in discussion, a chance to explore the challenges in four vital areas: agribusiness, industry, infrastructure and sustainable energy.  

The day has been designed to provide ample opportunity for guests to make contact and network with senior figures from the business and financial communities, as well as the public sector. 

Join us in Skhirat to meet the people doing business across the region and to learn more about EBRD activities, including trade finance and small business support.

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8:00 Registration

Opening Session:- Auditorium

  • Sir Suma Chakrabarti, EBRD President
  • Mohammed Boussaid, Minister of Economy & Finances, Morocco
  • Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun, CGEM President


Economic prospects for the region -Auditorium

Discussion Panel with President Chakrabarti and the EBRD Governors from Egypt, Jordan and Morocco, and the distinguished representative of the Tunisian Government:

  •  Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt
  • Imad Najib Fakhoury, Minister of Planning & International Cooperation, Jordan
  • Mohammed Boussaid, Minister of Economy & Finances, Morocco
  • Amel Azzouz, State Secretary for international cooperation,  Ministry of Investment, Development and International Cooperation, Tunisia.

Moderator: Jonathan Charles, Director of Communications, EBRD


Coffee break- Reception Hall, Ground Floor


Panel 1 -Breakout Room, First Floor

Agribusiness panel: Seeds for success

  • Hakim Marrakchi, CEO, Maghreb Industries
  • Omar Benayachi, General Manager, Zalagh Group
  • Fatima-Zahra El Khlifi, Deputy General Manager, Lesieur Cristal
  • Abdulhay Zalloum, Chairman of  Zalloum Group  
  • Ghassen Slama, General Manager of Slama Group





Moderator: Gilles Mettetal, EBRD Director, Agribusiness


Panel 2 -Auditorium

Industry Panel: the motor of success

  • Youssef El Bari, Advisor to the Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Morocco
  • Hakim Abdelmoumen, President of AMICA and CEO Socafix
  • Adel Ben-Khaled, Africa Manager & Managing Director, Draexlmaier Group
  • Youssef Benslim, Government Affairs Manager, Ford Motor Company
  • Rachid Rahmouni, Director, North African Operations, Faurecia


Moderators:  Adil Chikhi, EBRD Director ICA, SEMED and Frederic Lucenet, EBRD Director for Manufacturing and Services



Networking buffet lunch for all participants


Panel 3 -Auditorium

Infrastructure: Moving forward with the private sector


Moderator: Thomas Maier, EBRD Managing Director, Infrastructure

Panel 4 -Breakout Room, First Floor

Sustainable Energy Panel: fuelling the future

Moderator: Nandita Parshad, EBRD Director Power and Energy


Closing Note by the SEMED Managing Director, Hildegard Gacek followed by a Networking Reception- Ballroom, Ground Floor

Networking area:

Six small exhibition stands will be set up in the networking area located on the ground floor at the venue. These stands present EBRD initiatives/units (Small Business Support, Business Development Unit, Donor Visibility, Energy Efficiency/FINTECC, Trade Facilitation Programme) and the CGEM (Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc).

Sustainable Energy panel: fuelling the future

Wednesday 4 November: 14.00- 15.15



SEMED countries are beginning to exploit their vast renewable potential


Energy sectors across the SEMED region are changing rapidly as they work to ensure a reliable supply in the face of surging demand.  These changes are both structural and physical.  Above all SEMED countries are beginning to exploit their vast renewable potential at the same time as the industry is reaching the point where it can deliver such energy at a price that is competitive with conventional energy.  The potential for a radical shift towards greater energy diversity and cleaner, more secure energy supply, is enormous.  However such a development will require deep reforms to market structures and investment climates, along with a focus on demand side management and efficiency.

This panel will bring together leading figures from industry and government to discuss these opportunities and challenges as well as the lessons from similar developments in the region and elsewhere.

Moderator: Nandita Parshad, EBRD Director Power and Energy

The SEMED Business Forum will be held at:

L'Amphitrite Palace Resort & Spa
Skhirat Plage

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