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[CMI-FEMISE Webinar Series] Navigating through COVID-19 in the Mediterranean Act 1: Strategies for Integration and Resilience

  • Starts: Dec 08, 2020
  • Ends: Dec 08, 2020
  • Location: Virtual
  • By: CMI, Femise
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    The recent coronavirus crisis threatens the health, economies and societies of any country, regardless of its level of development. In the countries of the East and South of the Mediterranean the fight against the pandemic is even more complicated. It must be done with limited healthcare and economic resources compared to other regions. In addition, it takes place in a social and geopolitical context which is unique in its divisions.


    There is a need to relaunch cooperation in the Mediterranean following the crisis and to develop EU-Med strategies in key sectors. Among them, the transportation sector is exposed to significant paradigm shifts and financial difficulties due to Covid-19 and requires holistic and comprehensive policies that respect the environment. Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation strategy of firms, which have followed the technological path to support business continuity online, in response to government restrictions. Developing digital financial education strategies is fundamental to encourage more rapid economic recoveries. Regional policies in the financial sector are also needed, that would allow Mediterranean countries to overcome the current crisis and access required funding to respond to short-term and medium-term challenges. Meanwhile, each country has its specific challenges and needs to support the hardest-hit, which include the youth and women.


    In this context, this Mediterranean Webinar will give a voice to the authors of the recently launched « CMI-FEMISE COVID-19 MED Briefs » and open-up a dialogue between researchers, stakeholders and the civil society in the Mediterranean. This will contribute to the policy debate on implications and ways forward on how to deal with the crisis and pave the way for defining a Mediterranean framework for priority action to continuously assess the regional response to COVID-19. The Webinar will be structured around three sessions, each will include a presentation by the authors of their findings followed by a discussion with esteemed panelists.







    14:30 – 14:40

    Opening Remarks: Connecting Med Knowledge Creators, Policymakers & Technical Experts


    Blanca Moreno-Dodson (CMI) 
    Ibrahim Elbadawi (ERF, FEMISE) 



    Session 1: Financial Reform Strategies and the Role of Digitalization


    14:40 – 15:20

    -  Financial Reforms for more Resilient Societies in the Mediterranean by Thomas Lagoarde-Segot and Luis Reyes-Ortiz (KEDGE Business School)

    See Presentation [EN]


    -  A Digital Financial Education to Support the "New Normal" by Valeria Stefanelli and Marco Trinchera (University of Salento)

    See Presentation [EN]



    Constantin Tsakas (CMI) 


    Blanca Moreno-Dodson (CMI) 

    Simon Neaime (American University in Beirut, FEMISE)



    Session 2: Environmental Policy Landscape in a Post-Covid World


    15:20 – 16:00

    -  Towards Responsive Transportation-Oriented Policies by Beste Şensöz, Linus Platzer and Armin Wagner (TUMI, TU Berlin, GIZ)

    See Presentation [EN]


    -  Policy Responses to the Environmental Challenges of COVID-19 by Vera Danilina (Aix-Marseille University)

    See Presentation [EN]



    Stéphane Pouffary (ENERGIES2050, FEMISE) 



    Stéphane Quefelec (European Environment Agency)

    Frederic de Dinechin (CMI)


    Session 3: Country-Specific Implications


    16:00 – 16:50

    -  COVID-19 and Households in Egypt: Implications and Responses by Hussein Suleiman (Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies).

    See Presentation [EN]


    -  Lebanon’s Revolution in Times of Pandemic by Jamal Bouoiyour, Refk Selmi and Amal Miftah (Univ. of Pau & Pau Business School).

    See Presentation [EN]


    -  Challenges and Opportunities in Tunisia by Hajer El Ouardani (Higher School of Economic and Commercial Sciences of Tunis, University of Tunis)

    See Presentation [EN]



    Maryse Louis (General Manager FEMISE, ERF) 



    Patricia Augier (Aix-Marseille-University)






    16:50 – 17:00

    -  Closing statement


    -  Presentation of Priority Issues for Round 2 of the Policy Brief series.


    Constantin Tsakas (CMI)



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