The Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders launches its own Advisory Council based in Barcelona

Barcelona, March 21, 2017 – Ten years after its consolidation as the annual platform for the Mediterranean economy and its promotion worldwide, the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders will have its own Advisory Council since this year. This consultative body will bring together economic and social personalities from various European countries and the Mediterranean region to contribute with their experience and knowledge to the consolidation of Barcelona as the reference city for the regional development.

The official launch of this Council, which took place today in Barcelona, has served as an occasion for the election of Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida (former President of the Permanent Commission for Foreign Affairs of the Congress of the Deputies of Spain) and its two vice-presidents: Mohamed Choucair (President of ASCAME) and Miquel Valls (President of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona).

Among the entrepreneurs, politicians and renowned government personalities that will compose this Barcelona-based Council, we should highlight the presence of:


Enrico Letta, Former Prime Minister Italy

Fathallah Sijilmassi, Secretary General UpM

Mohamed Choucair, President ASCAME

Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, Former President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Spanish Congress of Deputies

Miquel Valls, President of the Barcelona Chamber

Mario Rotllant, Vice President, Coca Cola Iberian partners

Ibrahim Mahlab, Former Prime Minister Egypt

Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun, President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM)


Senén Florensa, President IEMed

Philippe de Fontaine Vive, Vice-President of honor European Investment Bank (EIB)

Ghassan Aidi, President International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IH & RA)

Maria Helena de Felipe, President Afaemme

Mohamed-Laïd Benamor, President Chamber of Commerce of Algeria and Benamor Group

Jacques Sarraf, President BUSINESSMED

Marika Huber, President Mediterranean Network of Banks (MBN)

Jacques Saadé, Founder and Director CMA CGM Group

Juan Torrents, President Femoza


Fostering entrepreneurship, innovation and economic cooperation in the region will become a priority for this Council which will have its headquarters in Barcelona.