Business & Retailers Track 1: Building Partnerships Within Olive Oil Value Chains
The session will highlight how producers, importers, retailers and governments can promote the commercialization of sustainable olive oil and how such efforts can generate environmental, economic and social benefits while positively impacting consumer health.
After sharing their respective experiences, speakers will interact with the audience to identify innovative solutions to advance Sustainable Consumption and Production in the olive oil sector.
This session is organised by Malick Kane (UNCTAD).
Finance Track 3: Financing Instruments For Green And Inclusive Industry
Resource efficiency (RE) is fundamental to the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), since raw materials, energy and water typically account for more than 50% of their manufacturing costs. However, many SMEs have not yet fully exploited the benefits of RE measures in their manufacturing processes, in large part due to financing. The perceived or effective high cost of resource efficiency technology, coupled with difficulty in borrowing investment capital, is commonly reported by SMEs across the Mediterranean region as a key issue. In this session, MED TEST II local partners and service providers are joined by Mediterranean financial institutions to discuss solutions to common challenges of SMEs seeking to finance RE technologies. The session is organized by the UNIDO Project Management Unit (PMU) and the SwitchMed Networking Facility hosted by the SCP/RAC.
Entrepreneurs Track 6: Sustainable business networks in the Euro-MED region
Sustainable business networks, usually business associations or federations, constitute a remarkable agent within green economy ecosystems, capable of boosting eco-entrepreneurship, and scaling up the impact of their members by enlarging their social capital, promoting their businesses, stimulating innovation, and bringing their voice to decision makers. In this context, we want to organize a session for managers and members of networks of this kind across the Euro-MED region to exchange best practices and success stories, and look for opportunities of international collaboration. Also, organizations interested in setting up similar networks in their region, or rendering their “traditional” ones towards more sustainable ones, are welcome to join the conversation, and will be provided with guidance.
Entrepreneurs Track 9: Building Bridges for the makers, hackers & eco-design entrepreneurs
It is a presentation on design entrepreneurship and maker movement to build eco-friendly solutions in the MENA region, followed by a collective intelligence workshop on measuring the impact of makers on eco-entrepreneurship and ecosystem challenges. We will explore the questions: how is innovation fostering for change and leading to sustainability through the makers and entrepreneurship (product and service) in the MENA region? What are the successful models to replicate? And how can we leverage design entrepreneurship to provide solutions and fast results in saving the planet (environmental)?
Entrepreneurs Track 5: Experience Sharing Among MENA Start-Ups
This session would be organized by two entrepreneurs from Morocco and Tunisia, respectively Mohammed Mrani Alaoui and Aymen Louhichi, who will share some of their experiences launching and developing a social business and an innovative startup in the MENA region : How to address socio-economic challenges ?How to find the right partner and/or an investors in immatures entrepreneurial ecosystems ? The purpose of this session is to share some great examples of work being carried out and help avoid mistakes and tackle entrepreneurship in a different and more fruitful way.