This joint Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) and the United Nations Trade and Productive Capacity Cluster (which groups all UN organizations working on trade issues) was held to support the region’s recovery, long-term development and regional integration in the Mediterranean region. As of today, 17 of PAM 27 countries (Members of PAM include: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia and Turkey) are members of UNECE.
The Conference was attended by 105 participants, representing Parliamentarians, regional support institutions, and UN agencies and other international development organizations. Discussions focused on the economic impact of the recent political developments in the region, challenges to regional integration, and the role of water and energy development in supporting trade expansion and sustained development.
The conclusions of the Conference will be submitted to the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED) Ministerial Meeting on Industry, which takes place on 11-12 May 2011 in Malta. They will also form the basis for future work undertaken by the PAM Panel on External Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean, which will be discussed at PAM’s Standing Committees’ meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 20 June 2011.