Paris, France, 23 January: The tenth Annual Meeting gathering members and partners of the CMI and chaired by Ferid Belhaj, World Bank Vice President for the MENA region, was held with high-level participation from the Center’s country members as well as its partner organizations. With the CMI entering its 10th year, the meeting was of strategic importance to discuss achievements and seek new ideas on the way forward. The discussions and videos presented highlighted the concrete results CMI has achieved throughout the year, the impact it had on its beneficiaries, and the added value it brought to its institutional partners (more in Annual Report – or in videos). Members and partners used this opportunity to reiterate their continuous support for the CMI’s work.
The CMI kicked off the meeting with the words of the World Bank VP for The MENA region, Mr. Ferid Belhaj. He highlighted the importance of the CMI in the region as a driver for reforms and for looking at the future of the Mediterranean. Mr. Belhaj also emphasized the enormous potential that lies in strengthening the connection linking the Mediterranean region to the African continent and expressed the interest of the World Bank to further explore that connection.
Entring its first decades the CMI celebrated the value of partnership. Above all else, the CMI recognizes that achieving concrete results is about striking and maintaining successful partnerships. The CMI believes that collaboration is the Mediterranean region’s best shot at achieving integration and economic development. This panel showcased the role that the CMI and its partners have played in responding to the common challenges of the region. The panel was also an opportunity for representatives from Anna Lindh Foundation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Cities Alliance, Union for the Mediterranean and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to reaffirm their willingness to continue working with the CMI for the upcoming years
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