BMTI took part, as affiliate partner, in the EUROMED Invest project financed by the European Commission which has been carried out by the Med Alliance consortium and coordinated by ANIMA Investment Network – with the objective of encouraging private investments and economic relations in the Mediterranean area.
In the project framework, we carried out initiatives between 2015 and 2016 aiming at improving a balanced development of the economic relations among enterprises of the agri-food sector established in the countries of Mediterranean northern and southern shores.
It was an initiative carried out by the Agència de Suport a l’Empresa Catalana (ACCIO) in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Services of Casablanca, the Italian Union of the Chambers of Commerce of Veneto and BMTI, aiming at simplifying trade flows between Morocco and the European Union, by 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 Exhibition in Morocco (SIAM) that was held in Meknes on 29 and 30 April 2015.
In particular, we were speakers of the workshop “The agrifood sector in the Euro-Mediterranean area: challenges and opportunities”, which focused on European marketing standards for fruit, vegetables and olive oil, as key sectors for the exchanges between Morocco and the European Union.
Our participation in the Roadshow allowed us to establish a connection with the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fishery, Rural Development, Water, and Forests of the Kingdom of Morocco, then to organize the Agro-Export Mentoring Programme which took place in Rabat, on February 3 2016.
The Initiative EXPO Mentoring Programme aimed at exchanging know-how between BMTI and five Egyptian Business Support Organisations (BSOs) of the agri-food sector. The exchange subject was about the tools to enhance business relations, to improve market transparency and supply chain efficiency. The programme focused on the Italian experience of commodity exchanges and standard contracts.
The BSOs that took part in the programme were: the Egyptian Federation of the Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC), the Chamber of Commerce of Alexandria, the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Confederation of Egyptian-European Business Associations (CEEBA) and the Internal Trade Development Authority (ITDA) of the Arab Republic of Egypt’s Ministry of Internal Trade and Supply – currently, the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
The mentorship took place in Milan on October 20 and 21 2015, jointly with two promotional events organised at Expo Milan 2015 by BMTI, Italy’s Ministry of Agricultural, Food, and Forestry Policies, and Unioncamere-the Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture.
This was the occasion for us to share our know-how on commodity exchanges, the negotiations of agri-food products, and on market monitoring.
The liaison BMTI established with the Egyptian BSOs involved, in order to collaborate for the improvement of market transparency and development, led to a Memorandum of Understanding between BMTI and Egypt’s Ministry of Internal Trade and Supply, signed in Cairo on November 12 2015 before FEDCOC.
The Agro-Export Mentoring Programme is an initiative aiming at improving the commercialisation of agricultural and agri-food products between the Kingdom of Morocco and the European Union –firstly from Italy – through an exchange of know-how between BMTI and the National Association of the Olive’s Economic Interest Groups (EIGs).
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 commodity exchange model. The working day saw the participation of EIGs member cooperatives and other 8 cooperatives run by women dealing in figs and almonds.
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 Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture and of Maritime Fishery.
The Agro-Export Mentoring Programme was an opportunity to launch a cooperation between institutional entities, so to improve the efficiency and the transparency of agri-food trade between the two shores of the Mediterranean.
Like the other mentoring activities, the initiative AgroCommerce – Programme de Mentorat had the objective to improve the commercialisation of agricultural and agri-food products between the Republic of Tunisia and the European Union – firstly from Italy – through an exchange of know-how between BMTI and the Chamber of Commerce and industry of the Northeast of Bizerte.
The working session was carried out on November 15 and 16 2016 in Bizerte, and it took place both at the Chamber of Commerce and the Pôle de compétitivité de Bizerte.