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"The integration of Mediterranean countries into global value chains will keep us busy for several years"

Written by Gérard Tur on Tuesday, November 30th 2021 à 15:10 | Read 346 times

Anima Investment Network organised its general assembly and annual conference on 25 and 26 November in Marseille. It was an opportunity to review the association's development with its general delegate, Emmanuel Noutary.

Emmanuel Noutary, general delegate of Anima Investment Network. Photo DR.
Emmanuel Noutary, general delegate of Anima Investment Network. Photo DR.
Emmanuel Noutary: Sixty-seven member organisations in twenty-two countries. When Anima was created, it brought together investment promotion agencies, but we very quickly decided to open up to regional public players, international organisations and the private sector. The private sector now represents 40% of our membership. During our fifteen years of existence, we have learned by walking. Today, we define ourselves as a solution factory. When we identify a problem, or when one is submitted to us, we are able, thanks to the quality of our members, to bring all the right partners around the table to solve it. Our team has fifteen employees and a budget of €1.6 million. We manage €4 to €5 million in funds each year. We give three quarters of it to our partners.
Your general assembly elected a new board of directors?

EN: Yes, for three years. Thirteen countries are represented. Tarak Chérif* is the chairman.
What are you currently working on?

EN: Our big issue is the integration of Mediterranean countries into global value chains. The pandemic has reshuffled the cards and opened up opportunities for relocation in the countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean. They can supply part of the European imports that currently come from Asia. It remains to be determined which countries and which products. We are anticipating the sectors and connecting the companies. This project will keep us busy for several years. We think that clusters can play a great role in these relocations in the Mediterranean, a good way of mobilising companies. On 1 April we will launch "Euromed Cluster Forward", a major sectoral foresight programme financed in part by European funds.
Does Anima focus exclusively on the Mediterranean?

EN: Not only. Since 2018, we are targeting the whole of Africa. We are broadening our horizon. Also, if at the beginning we lived on European funding, today we work with the AFD, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, Business France, the EIB, the German and Belgian international cooperation agencies and many others.
*Tarak Chérif, a Tunisian, has many responsibilities. He is the boss of the Tunisian group Alliance One (3,000 employees in industry, distribution, agriculture and services) and chairs the Confederation of Tunisian Citizen Enterprises (Conect), which he founded in 2011.

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