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    oct 2004

    The 2nd Experts Committee of the Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP) will meet on 25 and 26 October in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Its aim is to draw up practical proposals to be submitted to the FEMIP Ministerial Meeting planned for June 2005 in Morocco.

    The meeting will be opened by Mr Gerrit Zalm, Dutch Minister of Finance, and Mr Philippe de Fontaine Vive, Vice-President of the EIB in charge of FEMIP, who will also present the conclusions and proposals for the 2005 Ministerial Meeting.

    In a first session on water and sanitation, chaired by Mr Gérard Payen, member of Kofi Annan's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation and member of the World panel on Financing Water for All, participants will look at the role of private sector participation (PSP) and the appropriate financial instruments for developing the sector in the Mediterranean Region, whilst exchanging views based on the experience gained in several Mediterranean Partner countries. A second session, chaired by Mr François Lamoureux. Director-General at the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport in the European Commission, will be devoted to transport and will focus on the possibility of creating a Euro-Med Transport Network, viewed from both developmental and management perspectives, and considering possible private sector participation.

    Speakers will be senior representatives of EU and Mediterranean Partners countries, banks, industry, business organisations, academic institutions and the European Commission.

    • Photos of Philippe de Fontaine Vive (EIB Vice President) and Gerrit Zalm (Dutch Minister of Finance) [1], [2], [3], [4].