PAM PANEL ON TRADE AND INVESTMENTS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

The PAM Panel on Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean

Origin and Objectives

The “PAM Panel on Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean” was launched in Lisbon, Portugal, on 27-28 May 2010, on the occasion of a special meeting hosted by the Portuguese parliament, following a request, made by several national delegations, for a stronger commitment from PAM on economic cooperation and integration in the region.

On the occasion of PAM 5th Plenary Session, held in Rabat, Morocco, on 28-30 October 2010, a report and a resolution endorsing the establishment of the PAM Panel were unanimously adopted.

The aim of the PAM Panel is to gather, around the same table, parliamentarians and representatives of the economic and financial sector (primarily investments promotion agencies, chambers of commerce, financial institutions, governmental bodies and agencies, business and consumers’ associations and international organisations), in order to assess, promote and support measures needed to contribute to economic progress and sustainable development, including through legislative action. The PAM Panel acts as a comprehensive and multidisciplinary group with the purpose of addressing common challenges, identifying obstacles and proposing concrete actions for the promotion and support of trade and investment of this region, with, amongst others, the following objectives:

· Stimulate trade in the Mediterranean area and support the establishment of a Free Mediterranean Trade Zone

· Sustain SMEs activities

· Facilitate investments and access to finance

· Promote job creation

Structure and Composition

All the activities promoted by the PAM Panel fall under the work of the 2nd PAM Standing Committee, which deals with Economic, Social and Environmental Cooperation, Development and Partnership, under the Presidency of Sen. Lhou Lmarbouh (Morocco).

Members of the PAM Panel are grouped by sectors and national delegations. Each sectoral group appoints a coordinator. The Panel Presidency is co-chaired by a parliamentarian and a representative of the economic sector. The two co-chairs of the PAM Panel are currently Hon. Nevena Stojanovic (Serbia) and Eng. Alessandro Ortis (former President of MEDREG and of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas). The two co-chairs and the coordinators of each sectoral group, with a number of selected individuals and institutions, make up the Steering Committee of the PAM Panel.

The Presidency of the PAM Panel on Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean identifies, at the request of the Assembly and in cooperation with the Steering Committee, the priority areas and issues to be discussed, and contributes to the themes’ contents, taking into consideration the political sensitivities of the PAM member states. The Presidency also promotes all meetings considered necessary to carry out the objectives of the PAM Panel.

The Role of the PAM Secretariat

The PAM Secretariat is responsible for the follow-up on the decisions taken by the Panel providing coordination, assistance and support to the work of the Committees and all other PAM bodies. The PAM Secretariat acts as a clearing house for Parliamentarians, the stakeholders (from their respective countries) and the Sectoral Groups; it also divulges information connected to the Panel and its activities, and organizes meetings and provides logistic support for the members of the Panel.

Sectoral Groups

The PAM Panel activities fall under the following Sectoral Groups:

· Sustainable Development (SD): Energy, Water, Environment

· Trade Facilitation (TF): Rules, Logistics, Transport, Infrastructures

· Production Initiatives and Job Creation (PJ): Industry, M/SMEs, Services, Food Production, Vocational Training

· Investments and Finance (IF): Facilitating legislative and regulatory frameworks, Promotion Agencies, Financial Institutions and operators

Recent and Planned Activities

2010

May

Launch of the PAM Panel

Lisbon, Portugal

October

1st Meeting of the Steering Committee

Adoption of the Report and Resolution launching the Panel

Milan, Italy

Rabat, Morocco

November

1st Operational Meeting

Naples, Italy

2011

April

2nd Meeting of the Steering Committee

Milan, Italy

May

2nd Operational Meeting with the UN Trade and Productive Capacity Cluster

Geneva, Switzerland

October

Adoption of the Report and Resolution on the activities of the PAM Panel

Palermo, Italy

November

“Mediterranean Energy Highways: an urgent need” – Launch of Med-TSO

Naples, Italy

Contribution to PACE Conference on Food Security and Energy

Paris, France

2012

January

PAM SG met EBRD President to structure bilateral cooperation

London, UK

April

Debate on Food Security at the PAM Standing Committees Meeting

Ankara, Turkey

June

“Towards a sustainable economic development in the Mediterranean Region”, in cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Lisbon, Portugal

September

“Energy Challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean Region”

Ouarzazate, Morocco

October

Adoption of the Report and Resolution on Job Creation and Unemployment

St. Julians, Malta

2013

3-4 May

3rd Meeting of the Steering Committee and meeting of the Executive Members of the Energy Group

Rabat, Morocco

30-31 May

Meeting hosted by the UN Trade and Productive Capacity Cluster

Geneva, Switzerland

All the documents related to the PAM Panel are available for download on PAM’s website: www.pam.int

If interested in becoming member of the Panel, please do not hesitate to contact:

Mr. Andrea Nurchi, Programme Officer (tel: 00356 22484222 - email: progofficer2@pam.int)
Palazzo Spinola,
St. George Road,
St. Julians, STJ 3207
Malta

Tel: .+356 22 48 42 00.
Fax: +356 22 48 42 15.
Email: secretariat at pam dot int
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