"In the Mediterranean Partner Countries, a contrasting situation exists: the development of international exchanges has led to often disorderly growth in the carriage of goods, whilst sometimes archaic organisational transportation structures and archaic controls of cross border flows have subsisted” notes an EIB summary report.
"The network of Euro-Mediterranean logistic platforms will promote collaboration and knowledge management amongst the managers of the network’s platforms” clarifies the Luxemburg institution in its report.
By using its assets of geographical and cultural proximity, the LOGISMED network will allow for a better quality of sub-contracting (as well as shared contracting), orders, delivery and management of stock. All this will lead to greater attractiveness and competiveness for the industries of the South, thus presenting them with better responses to rival emerging countries.
LOGISMED is also a vital first step on the path towards a free trade area amongst Mediterranean countries.
The impact of training
For example, the EIB is currently assisting Morocco and Tunisia in revising their own national logistic schemes but also in their management training and in defining their regulatory and legislative frameworks. It will also partake in the necessary investment for implementation of the schemes and frameworks. In March 2012, the EIB signed an agreement with the Tunisian government for a technical assistance programme for modernisation of the Tunisian logistic platform.
LOGISMED quality labelling of certain EMLP platforms (or Euro-Mediterranean Logistic Platforms) - those which form the network - will have a ripple effect on local and regional logistic platforms, whether they be in airports or ports.