THE NEXT SOCIETY - MENA clusters gathered at the FILEX Forum in Paris

Country: Euromed
Activity: Education, culture, media

On September 13th, THE NEXT SOCIETY organised the 1st International Business Development Mission specially designed for clusters in the MENA region and their member companies.

Organised in Paris, as part of the 1st edition of the France Clusters FILEX Forum, the event brought together 250 cluster managers, competitiveness clusters, accelerators, incubators and technopoles, regional decision-makers, heads of schools, universities and technical centers and innovation financiers to discuss key themes.


Among the day's activities, THE NEXT SOCIETY, in collaboration with France Clusters, organised a thematic workshop specifically dedicated to inter-cluster cooperation on the large Mediterranean area, as a means of supporting the economic development of companies and the territory.


18 MENA clusters and companies benefiting from THE NEXT SOCIETY were present: Groupement Cluster boisson-Agrologistique - Algeria Clusters (Algeria),  Egyptian Renewable Energy Cluster Initiative (Egypt), Beirut Creative Cluster (Lebanon), Robinson Agri (member of QOOT cluster) (Lebanon), CE3M (Morocco), Maroc Numeric Cluster (Morocco), Morrocan Solar Cluster (Morocco), Moroccan denim&fashion cluster (Morocco); ESITH (member of Cluster des Textiles Techniques Marocains- C2TM) (Morocco); Palestinian Stone Cluster (Palestine), House of Furniture Cluster (Palestine), Hebron Leather and Shoe Cluster (Palestine), Valley for Stone and Marble (member of Palestinian Stone cluster) (Palestine), Partnersofa (member of House of furniture cluster) (Palestine), Jerusalem Tourism Cluster (Palestine), North-west olive oil cluster (Tunisia), Pharma IN (Tunisia), Biotechpole Sidi Thabet (member of Pharma In cluster) (Tunisia) had a unique opportunity to gain international visibility, access to a network of experts and were able to create opportunities for collaboration and effective business through the B2B meetings scheduled during the day.


The workshop ended with the signature of a partnership agreement between France Clusters, the French network of business and innovation clusters, and Algeria clusters, the new born network of clusters from Algeria. The objective of this partnership is to enhance the collaboration between both organizations and network members, to support the reinforcement of cluster management practices, the exchange of good practices and the emergence of collaborative projects and business opportunities.


THE NEXT SOCIETY brought together a delegation of 18 cluster managers and entrepreneurs from the southern Mediterranean countries to participate in this 1st International Business Development Mission organised as part of the Cluster Booster Track, a peer support and learning programme for cluster managers to improve their management skills, increase their business opportunities and open new channels for collaboration between clusters at national and international level.


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