The back-to-back event organised by the Union for the Mediterranean together with WESTMED took place on the 9th June 2021. The webinar provided an analysis and insights on digitalization skills applied to aquaculture and tourism at Mediterranean level through case studies, projects and initiatives status.
More than 150 participants attended, gathering representatives of government agencies, national and regional organisations, SMEs, local businesses, start-ups, academia, decision-makers.
On the other hand, on the 10th June 2021 the 8th meeting of the UfM Blue Economy Working Group took place online with more than 100 participants. The meeting was chaired by the European Commission and the Jordanian Co-Presidency, with the assistance of the UfM Secretariat.
The meeting focused on the implementation of the UfM Ministerial Declaration on Sustainable Blue Economy adopted in February 2021. The emphasis was placed on cooperation with stakeholders and financial institutions, need for capacity building to support specific sectors within a broad Blue Economy approach, fighting unemployment and supporting blue skills as enabler of growth. Furthermore, it was agreed to explore the possibility of having focused meetings involving specialised regional organisations or agencies, and link as much as possible the UfM Agendas and Working Groups.