ALGIERS, 15 November - The Regional Conference on Creativity, Jobs and Local Economic Development in the Southern Mediterranean has concluded with progress on action to stimulate innovation, local economic development and regional cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
The conference was co-organized by the Algerian Ministry of Industry and Mines, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) under the Creative Mediterranean project, funded by the European Union and Italy.
The event brought together more than 400 participants. There were 48 speakers, including Imed Hammami, Tunisia’s Minister of Industry, Youcef Yousfi, Algeria;s Minister of Industry and Mines, and Fatou Haidara, UNIDO’s Managing Director for Policy and Programme Support..
The conference focused on the application of cluster methodology to cultural and creative industries as a tremendous lever for action to create jobs, integrate vulnerable populations and promote sustainable development in a region facing various crises and where five million jobs need to be created to ensure prosperity.
In view of the results of the Creative Mediterranean project and in order to strengthen and sustain the approach, the European Union and Italy have agreed to finance an 18-month extension of the project in the seven countries concerned: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan.
A written report will be released soon in order to provide a framework for action and recommendations for the next steps of the project: “Creativity is contagious, so please pass it on“, concluded Gerardo Patacconi, Project Manager and Director of the Agri-business Department at UNIDO.
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Carlota Sans, Project Associate, UNIDO