BMTI took part, as affiliate partner, in the EUROMED Invest project financed by the European Commission. The project has been carried out by the Med Alliance consortium and it has been coordinated by ANIMA Investment Network. EUROMED Invest aimed at encouraging private investments and economic relations in the Mediterranean area (from December 2013 – to December 2016).
In the framework of EUROMED Invest, we carried out initiatives which objective was to improve a balanced development of the economic relations among the enterprises of the agri-food sector established in the countries of both the Mediterranean shores.
It was an initiative carried out by the “Agència de Suport a l’Empresa Catalana – ACCIO” in partnership with the Chamber of commerce of Casablanca, the Union of the Chambers of Commerce of Veneto and BMTI.
The overall objective was to simplify trade between Morocco and the European Union, improving commercial partnership among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of agri-food sector.
The project partners took part in the 10th edition of the International Agricultural Show in Meknes (Morocco) – SIAM (April 29 and 30).
In particular, we were among the speakers in the workshop “The agrifood sector in the Euro-Mediterranean area: challenges and opportunities”, it addressed the issue of the European marketing standards of fruit, vegetables and olive oil, key sectors for the exchanges between Morocco and EU.
The participation in the Roadshow allowed us to establish contacts with the Ministry of agriculture and of maritime fishery of Morocco and to organize the Agro-export mentoring programme which took place in Rabat, on February 3, 2016.
The Initiative EXPO Mentoring programme aimed to exchange know-how between BMTI and five Egyptian Business Support Organisations (BSOs). Subject of the exchange were the tools to enhance business relations, improve the market’s transparency and the efficiency of the supply chains. The programme focused on commodity exchanges and standard contracts.
The Egyptian BSOs that took part in the programme were: the Egyptian Federation of the Chambers of commerce (FEDCOC), the Chamber of commerce of Alessandria, the German-Arab Chamber of commerce and industry, the Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations (CEEBA) and the Authority of the development for the Internal Trade of the Arab Republic of Egypt’s Minister of Internal Trade and Supply (ITDA).
The mentorship took place in Milan on October 20 and 21, 2015 in conjunction with two promotional events organized at Expo Milan 2015, by BMTI with Italy’s Ministry of Agriculture and Unioncamere.
In this framework we shared our know-how on commodity exchanges, negotiations of agri-food products and monitoring of markets with the Egyptian organisations.
The commitment of BMTI and of the Egyptian BSOs to collaborate in the improvement of market transparency and development, brought to the signature in, on November 12, 2015 in Cairo, of a Memorandum of Understanding between BMTI and ITDA of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and in the presence of FEDCOC, for the setting up of commodity exchanges in Egypt.
BMTI implemented the initiative Agro-Export Mentoring Programme with the objective of improving the commercialization of agricultural and agri-food products between Morocco and the European Union, moving from Italy, through an exchange of know-how between BMTI and the National Association of the economic interest groups of the olive (GIE).
The mentorship was carried out in Rabat on February 3, 2016 in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and of Maritime Fishery of Morocco. The working day saw the participation of cooperatives of olive oil, table olive, fig, and almond producers, including a delegation of cooperatives run by women.
The mentoring focused on the marketing standards of agri-food products in the European Union, particularly those referred to olive oil, table olives, figs and almonds, as well as on the tools able to improve the efficiency and transparency of trade between the European Union and Morocco and within Morocco, starting with the Italian model.
The Agro-Export Mentoring Programme was an opportunity to launch a cooperation between entities interested in improving the efficiency and the transparency of agri-food trade between the two shores of the Mediterranean.
BMTI implemented the initiative AgroCommerce – Programme de Mentorat which objective was improving the commercialization of agricultural and agri-food products between Tunisia and the European Union, moving from Italy, through an exchange of know-how between BMTI and the Chamber of Commerce and industry of the North East of Bizerte.
The bilateral working session was carried out on November 15 and 16, 2016 in Bizerte and it took place in the seat of the Bizerte Chamber of Commerce and the Pôle de compétitivité de Bizerte.