(MENAFN - Morocco World News) By Tarek Bazza
Rabat – Morocco has been elected president of the ANIMA investment network (Cooperation Platform for Economic Development in the Mediterranean) for a 3-year term (2019-2021), during the General Assembly held on the sidelines of ANIMA's annual conference.
ANIMA is a multi-country cooperation platform for economic development in the Mediterranean, led from Marseille, France . The ANIMA network brings together 75 members from 22 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean area, including regional government and regional promotion agencies, entrepreneurs' federations, innovation centers, investors, and research institutes.
A distinguished Moroccan delegation took part in the conference, held in Tunis June 26-28. In attendance were the Director General of the Oriental Agency, Mohamed Mbarki; the Director of the International Cooperation and Economic Promotion Center of the Oriental Agency, Abdelkader Betari; as well as several directors and heads of regional investment centers (CRI); the Moroccan Agency for Investment and Export Development (AMDIE); and private sector representatives, including the General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM).
Morocco, represented by the Director of the International Cooperation and Economic Promotion Center, will chair the ANIMA platform, which was created in 2006 in Marseilles, France, by a consortium of Euro-Mediterranean country agencies, including Morocco.
Morocco succeeds Tunisia , which has chaired ANIMA for the last 6 years.
The Moroccan presidency, over the next 3 years, will propose a strategy for the development of Euro-Mediterranean territories and will pay particular attention to Africa .
During this conference, attended by 100 participants, ANIMA also held its general assembly to elect its board of directors and president.
This year's annual conference was dedicated to the project 'the Next Society,' which aims to support innovation in the Mediterranean . It was an opprtunity to launch the action plan until 2021.
ANIMA's objective is to improve the business and investment climate with sustainable and shared economic development in the Mediterranean.
In addition to ANIMA's annual conference and general assembly, a seminar was also organized to launch the Enhancing Business Support Organizations Mediterranean (EBSOMED) project and business networking in the countries of the southern Mediterranean.