A strong impulse by the WestMED Initiative during 2020-2021, in combination with an active involvement by the Italian co-presidency (shared in 2021 with Libya), has now led to a center stage
position at Italy’s most important international Blue Economy event: SEAFUTURE.
The priorities pursued by the Initiative involving the 5 + 5 Dialogue countries (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Mauritania, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia) have favored the creation of cross-border technical working groups in the field of Sustainable Maritime Transport, Maritime Clusters, Aquaculture, Sustainable Tourism.
On 28 September, 2021, the National Technological Cluster – CTN BIG (Blue Italian Growth) and the WestMED Assistance Mechanism, with the participation of the European Commission DG MARE and Union for the Mediterranean, will hold a workshop dedicated to the WestMED Maritime Clusters Alliance, to further develop projects and actions undertaken, and further expand the mostly nationally organised cluster community to regional, sectoral and intersectoral clusters in the Mediterranean.
The event will be followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two national maritime clusters of Italy, CTN BIG and Federazione del Mare, strongly fostered and supported by the WestMED Assistance Mechanism, through the National Coordinator and the National Hub.
On September 30th, the Connecting EU day, will be dedicated to ports and intermodal logistics Organised by Circle Spa, it will address many of the issues that have so far involved the same stakeholders in the WestMED Technical Group on Green Shipping.
Finally, on 1 October, SEAFUTURE, EIEAD and the WestMED Assistance Mechanism will dedicate a workshop to the Sustainable Blue Economy of Libya. This, in order to accelerate the inclusion of the community of operators of the North African country, given the dynamics of development and interaction at the Mediterranean level, after the well-known civil war events.
This is a moment of EU attention and cooperation, and of Italy in particular, towards a country that will increasingly look to its European partners, for assistance and support in the growth path for the next few years. The 2021 edition of SEAFUTURE, which will welcome over 60 delegations from five continents, is therefore the ideal venue to bring the centrality of the Mediterranean to the attention of all the players involved in the sustainable Blue Economy.