The 19th edition of the dedicated European Investment Bank’s (EIB) Conference to the Mediterranean region will take place in Beirut on 30 September 2019. This year’s conference will explore ways to invest in a resilient and inclusive future for the region. It will focus on how key enabling infrastructure for private sector development, when coupled with support to innovative businesses can foster inclusive and sustainable growth and create jobs. It will therefore address “connectivity” in a broader sense, including digital infrastructure, education, energy supply, transport, amongst others, while looking into renewed ways of providing access to finance for innovative companies, start-ups and SMEs alike, through local banks, international institutions and investment funds.
For the first time since the EIB MED was launched, select innovative companies will have the opportunity to pitch their businesses. Online and onsite audiences will determine the winners, who in turn will be rewarded at the end of the conference.