Mediterranean countries have faced challenges in the wake of the financial crisis and political unrest. As several major world economies turn inwards, the Mediterranean can build resilience by strengthening neighbourhood ties, creating prosperity for its people and improving scale and scope for international investors.
The Mediterranean Growth Initiative (MGI) is an independent, private sector initiative supporting thinking and doing around the Mediterranean.
The MGI rests on two key pillars: understanding the region and its potential using data and analysis, and bringing together key decision-makers and investors.
In 2016 we published the inaugural MGI Report, a data-driven assessment of political, economic and social progress in the countries of the Mediterranean.
MGI.online launched in April 2017, providing direct access to data, forecasts and analysis covering the countries of the Mediterranean.
The Founder of the Mediterranean Growth Initiative (MGI), Cleopatra Kitti, and the Manager of the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), Blanca Moreno-Dodson, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and undertake collaborative activities tofoster the cooperation among the countries of the Mediterranean.
The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) is a cooperative arrangement and a multi-partner platform for dialogue and knowledge sharing for Mediterranean integration and transformative reform. CMI convenes partners and members to jointly identify solutions to inherent challenges on the Mediterranean and facilitates their connection to change agents. CMI members are Egypt, France, Greece, Jordan, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Tunisia, the City of Marseille, the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur Region, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank, and the European External Action Service as an observer.
The partnership between MGI and CMI will focus on a number of specific substantive areas including, but not limited to:
access to current analysis available on MGI.online which includes growth relevant, regional and national economic analysis, benchmarking and forecasting
conduct tailored research and produce joint reports thatbenchmark, forecast and track the Mediterranean Region withother economic regions investments and access to finance
data analytics on CMI’s interrelated dimensions: creatingeconomic opportunities, promoting inclusiveness, and empoweringthe population, as well as the cross-cutting themes of security anddevelopment and youth and gender
This will enable CMI and MGI to support the Mediterranean countries efforts to provide regional public goods, promote integration, public and private sector investments, and move towards stable and resilient economies.