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The first International Mediterranean Meeting opened in Yasmine Hammamet yesterday morning.  The gathering of international economic and social experts is meant to address emerging issus and new economic and social prospects for southern Mediterranean countries.

Organized by the Ecole Centrale de Droit et Gestion (Université Centrale de Tunis) and the Laboratory of Economy and Applied Finance of the High Institute of Commerce of Carthage (IHEC), the meeting is the first of its kind to address this subject. It is supported by both private and public institutes, together with the CEMAFI International association, a program under the University Sophia Antipolis in Nice.

During its opening yesterday morning, CEO of UC Tunis Mr. Slah Ben Turkia, Director of IHEC Carthage Mr. Slim Khalbouss,  President of CEMAF International Mr. Claud Berthomieu, and President of the University of Carthage Mr. Lassaad El Asmi outlined the strategic goals behind the event as well as the topics that will be addressed during the three days of the meeting. Attendees will discuss the business climate and how politics affects business opportunities, educational reforms as part of the process of economic prosperity, and economic and social priorities during the transitional period, among others. Overall, all topics will be addressed within the framework of the Arab Spring in the Euro Mediterranean zone.

“This event is considered a pioneering project in promoting scientific research,” said Slim Khalbous, the first elected director of the Institute of High Commercial Studies (IHEC) of Carthage. “Such a fruitful collaboration has expected benefits. We will assess this first collaboration with a private and public institute; if it does not work we would certainly search for other alternatives.”

When asked about the motives and the timing of this event, Slah Ben Turkia, CEO of UC Tunis, said, “The colloquium meets the current transitional situation and the pending orientation of the country.” He also highlighted the need to promote scientific research in this transitional period as a future guiding principle. “International expertise as well as national pioneer institutes are fundamental and highly needed in such a period to further prop up scientific research – first and foremost in the field of economics.”

The conference is scheduled for September 29th to October 1st.

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