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CMI Reporting!

Last June, the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) was the subject of an audit conducted by an independent body. For two months, DFC experts examined the programs, actions and methodology used by the CMI. If the initial results are positive, some areas for improvement should provide a new impetus.

CMI Reporting!
Catalan firm DFC examined CMI's output since its establishment in October 2009, to the present day, then submitted its report and issued a series of recommendations in September 2011, after two months of audit. 

In the document, the evaluation team first welcomed the wealth of work produced in just two years by CMI experts and the importance of such an organization that fills the void by bringing together institutional players on both sides of the Mediterranean.  Over the months, the CMI was backed by prestigious organizations with which they were able to forge strong partnerships and develop a network approach. The auditors also appreciated the neutrality of this organization and its unique character, as it fills a gap. It now remains for this uniqueness to be turned into a competitive advantage. 

The audit also highlights the responsiveness of the CMI teams during the events of the Arab Spring. 

With five clusters focused on the problems of North Africa and the Middle East (Skills, Employment and Labor Mobility, Knowledge Economy and Innovation, Urban and Spatial Development, Environment and Water and Transport and Logistics), the CMI naturally found itself in the limelight. 

Following the Deauville Summit (May 2011) and the meeting of Finance Ministers of the G8 Deauville Partnership, held in Marseille (September 2011), the CMI tasked to coordinate an analytical report on Trade and Investment in the 5 DP recipient countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Jordan).  The report, scheduled for early 2012, will establish a diagnosis and formulate a plan of action built around short- and medium-term recommendations, in particular to help improve regional integration. 

The report suggests that the CMI should focus its work, resources and networks towards the Southern shores and streamline its programs.  This represents a real challenge for the Centre in future years. 

Despite its youth, the CMI has successfully established itself. Now it will have to grow its practice to respond to the new situations in the Arab countries. 

In terms of methodology, the audit should contribute to improving procedures with the forthcoming establishment of a system of evaluation, program monitoring and updating of databases.

Monday, October 29th 2012

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