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

Sep 13 · 3 min read

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

On September 13th, 2019, 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 across the Mediterranean”, 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 created opportunities for collaboration and effective business through the B2B meetings scheduled during the day.

THE NEXT SOCIETY brought together a delegation of 20 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.

As part of the FILEX France Forum, during the THE NEXT SOCIETY workshop on “Inter-cluster cooperation across the Mediterranean”, France Clusters signed a partnership with the President of Algeria Clusters.

The objective of this partnership is to boost the creation of clusters by supporting their role as incubators, while promoting applied research, the emergence of collaborative projects with industry, bringing companies closer to universities and, more generally, to better organise the framework of a public/private partnership.

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