Digitalisation has become central to the core themes adopted by the EU-funded MED MSMEs Programme: internationalization and access to finance of MSMEs. An example from the South Med region is the launch of the first digital hackathon in Morocco to facilitate trade and provide innovative IT solutions to the major challenges of port transit in Morocco, the Mediterranean region and Africa.
Participants to the Hackathon Smart Port Challenge 2020 will explore how best to address the demands of merchants in terms of instant payment, and those of customers in terms of ease of use. Industry experts, researchers, startups, companies and students are invited to propose creative applications on new and innovative instant electronic payment channels adapted to B2B (Business-to-business) and B2G (Business-to-government) contexts.
This project ends on 29 January 2021 when the winning teams will be given the opportunity to incubate their projects.
In line with the elaboration of policies for inclusive growth in the EU Southern Neighbourhood, the EU-funded MED MSMEs Programme (2018-2022) builds on a national participatory approach, international best practices and regional initiatives to foster the formulation and implementation of integrated policies and instruments supporting the development of MSMEs.