EMANES ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2023 Novel Approaches for Regional Partnerships in the EU-Mediterranean and Africa Conference dates: 13-15 December 2023 Event Venue: Hybrid Conference hosted at EMEA HQ, Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, Barcelona
December 13th - 15th, 2023
EMEA Headquarters & on Zoom
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Day 1: Opening by Prof. Rym Ayadi, EMEA and Keynote by Prof. Giovanni Ferri, Università LUMSA

Wednesday 13 December 2023

Day 2: Regional Integration, Elena Stotts-Lee, Junior Researcher, EMEA


Thursday 14 December 2023

Day 2: What Euro-Med African Partnership for climate change adaptation and mitigation? – Policy Session

Thursday 14 December 2023

Day 3: Policy Keynote with Ekkehard Ernst

Friday 15 December 2023

Day 3: Closing and Best Paper Awards with Prof. Rym Ayadi, EMEA

Friday 15 December 2023


EMANES Annual Conference provides a forum for researchers, practitioners and policy makers to discuss current issues related to socio-economic development and regional integration in Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa. While the specific theme of the Annual Conference varies from year to year, the overall objective of this event is to stimulate discussion of high quality and policy relevant cutting-edge research that informs our understanding of how various socio-economic issues can affect the overall economy and the societies at the national and regional levels and the extent of interconnectedness and complementarities between the economies that lead to peaceful, prosperous, healthy and vibrant societies.

Further information on past EMANES Annual Conferences and featured themes can be found https://conference2022.emnes.org/


DAY 1, 2 & 3

Location : Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau and Online

13.30 -14:00

Registration and coffee



Prof. Rym Ayadi, President Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), Director, Euro-Mediterranean and African Network for Economic Studies (EMANES), Spain


Welcome speech

H.E. Hala El Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Egypt and Chairperson of The Sovereign Fund Of Egypt


Keynote speech

Prof. Giovanni Ferri, Director of the Master in Management of Sustainable Development Goals, LUMSA University, Italy

15:30- 16:00 Coffee Break

Academic session 1: Regional integration and Global value chains

Chair: NGiorgia Giovannetti*, Vice President for international Relationships, University of Firenze

Paper 1.1: The constraints of deeper regional economic integration in the light of experience
Authors: Bernard Yvars*, AFDEC – Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies
Discussant: Marianna Grimmaldi*, Swedish National Debt Office

Paper 1.2: The effect of macroeconomic variable network-based indicators of the economic integration of Africa in the 21st Century
Author: Tekilu Tadesse Choramo* (Ghent University), Jemal Abafita, Yerali Gandica and Luis E C Rocha
Discussant: Chahir Zaki, University of Orleans

Paper 1.3: Are Global Value Chains Women Friendly? Evidence from Firm-Level Data in Developing Countries
Authors: Marize Kalliny and Chahir Zaki* (University of Orleans)
Discussant: Enrico Marvasi*, Roma Tre University


Launch of the Short film “Whispers of the Earth: Symphony of change”

Synopsis: In this unfolding narrative, Alba, a sculptor deeply committed to environmental causes, gathers clay from a lakeside. A serendipitous encounter with Mati, a young girl, sparks an unexpected connection. However, upon Alba’s departure, Mati discovers a forgotten ball of clay. Determined to return it, Mati embarks on a journey to find the elusive artist. While her attempts prove futile, the quest becomes a transformative experience for Mati, revealing her capacity to effect positive change independently.
This short film delves into the overlooked intersection of creativity and science in climate preservation, underscoring the crucial need to re-establish a connection between society and its natural surroundings. It reinforces the notion that our home extends beyond mere concrete walls, emphasizing the responsibility to safeguard a more expansive environment. The narrative explores the importance of passing down knowledge and serves as a poignant reminder that addressing climate change necessitates a collaborative, multigenerational effort, where shared humanity and connections bring us together.

Executive Producer: Rym Ayadi
Produced by: Barking Horse Studios
Director and Writer: Kolya-Alvaro dam de Nogales
Sculptures: Veronica and Edwin Dam de Nogales
Cinematographer: Emi Reyes
Starring: Matilde Avila and Veronica de Nogales
Music by: Ludovico Einaudi
Sound by: Dacio de las Heras
First AC: Raffaela Rosset
Music Consultant: Daniel Luque


Social activity: Christmas lights of Sant Pau

Location: Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

* The speaker will attend online

Location : Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau and Online


Academic session 2: Human development and sustainability

Chair: Roger Albinyana, Managing Director, IEMed

Paper 2.1: Human development and inequalities: The importance of social public spending
Authors: Ronald Miranda Lescano* (Instituto de Economía of the Universidad de la República Uruguay); Oriol Roca-Sagalés; Leonel Muinelo-Gallo
Discussant: Moubarack Lo*, Economic Prospective Office of Senegal

Paper 2.2: The Impact of Social Protection Intervention on Alleviating Social Vulnerability (Evidence from Ethiopian Rural Households)
Authors: Tewelde Gerlase Haile* (Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee)
Discussant: Yeganeh Forouheshfar, EMEA

Paper 2.3: A Model of Public Education, Environmental Awareness and Environmental Quality– an Overlapping Generations Approach
Authors: Fatma Safi*, University of Sfax
Discussant: Marwa Biltagy*, Feps

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

Academic session 3: Financial inclusion

Chair: Najat El Mekkaoui, Paris Dauphine University and EMEA

Paper 3.1: Advisors for micro-entrepreneurs: is one as good as another in accessing alternative finance?
Authors: Doriana Cucinelli (EMEA and University of Parma), Maria Gaia Soana and Beatrice Ronchini
Discussant: Claudia Girardone*, Essex Business School

Paper 3.2: Impact of financial inclusion on carbon dioxide emissions
Authors: Rania Makni*(IHEC Carthage); Ezzeddine Delhoumi
Discussant: Mais Shaaban*, EMEA and Al- Zaytoonah University Of Jordan

Paper 3.3: CBDCs and deposit-funded banking systems
Authors: Magdalena Kozińska (Warsaw School of Economics) and Sakshi Narula* (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi)
Discussant: Doriana Cucinelli, EMEA and University of Parma

13:00- 14:00 Lunch break

Regional integration session

Introduction: Prof Rym Ayadi, EMEA
Presentation: Elena Stotts Lee, Research Assistant, EMEA
– George Zestos*, Christopher Newport University
– Aboubaker Benslimane*, JokkoLabs


Academic session 4: Food security and green growth

Chair: Sandra Challita, EMANES Coordinator, EMEA and emlyon

Paper 4.1: The Impact of Financial Development On Green Complexity: Cross-Country Evidence
Authors: Pınar Yaşar, Başak Dalgıç, and Burcu Fazlıoğlu (TOBB University of Economics and Technology)
Discussant: Najat El Mekkaoui, Paris Dauphine University and EMEA

Paper 4.2: Food Security, Prices and Geopolitical Risk: A Panel Threshold Regression (PTR) Approach
Authors: Samer Mehibel (Centre de Recherche en Economie Appliquée pour le Développement), Reda Hamza Boudjana, Messaoud Lazereg and Amel Bouzid
Discussant: Sara Ronco*, EMEA and Università degli Studi del’Insubria

Paper 4.3: Effects of economic complexity and energy consumption on inclusive green growth
Authors: Isaac K. Ofori* (University of Cape Coast), Emmanuel Y. Gbolonyo and Nathanael Ojong
Discussant: Ivan Hajdukovic, EMEA

16:15-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:00

Policy Session: What Euro-Med African Partnership for climate change adaptation and mitigation?


The Mediterranean is where a diverse array of societies thrives, united by a shared heritage and now, a shared challenge: climate change. The socio-economic fabric of the region, interlaced with varying degrees of wealth, development, and cultures, grapples with the tangible consequences of a shifting climate. From agricultural decline to economic instabilities threatening heritage-rich coastal cities, the impacts are profound and far-reaching to the African continent.

The Mediterranean’s collective response to this climate crisis transcends mere environmental concern, evolving into a vital socio-economic battle anchored in mitigation and adaptation that demands cross-border solidarity and concerted action and burden sharing.

It is against this critical juncture that the panel discussion is convened, aiming to foster united efforts that span the economic disparities and social diversities of the region.

Our panel is aimed to set the path toward socio-economic resilience through shared initiative and responsibility. The Mediterranean nations, intertwined in a complex web of trade, tourism, and tradition, recognize their interdependent futures. The conversation will prioritize strategies for sustainable economic development, just transition, equitable resource distribution, and policy synchronization to safeguard the region’s socio-economic interests. Participants will delve
into the multi-layered socio-economic challenges presented by climate change and explore collaborative solutions vital for the region’s stability.

Moderator: Rym Ayadi, President Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), Director, Euro-Mediterranean and African Network for Economic Studies (EMANES), Spain
– Cinzia Alcidi*, Director of Research, Head of the Economic Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Belgium
– Nathalie Hilmi, Section Head of Environmental Economics, Scientific Center of Monaco
– Grammenos Mastrojeni, Senior Deputy Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean
– Iolanda Fresnillo, Policy and Advocacy Manager – Debt Justice Eurodad


Conference dinner

Location : Firo Tast, Av. de Gaudí, 83, 08025 Barcelona

* The speaker will attend online

9:30-10:00 Registration and coffee

Policy Keynote:

Ekkehard Ernst*, member of the STOA International Advisory Board, president of the Geneva Macro Labs and chief macroeconomist at the International Labour Organization


Academic session 5: Labour Markets

Chair: Raul Ramos, Vice-Rector of Internationalisation Policy at the University of Barcelona

Paper 5.1: Informal Employment and Job Quality for Youth in Egypt prior the Pandemic
Authors: Adrien Frontenaud and Philippe Adair (ERUDITE and University Paris-Est Créteil)
Discussant: Alex Hamed*, Christopher Newport University

Paper 5.2: GVC and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from MENA
Authors: Yasmine Eissa*, (Misr International University)
Discussant: Giorgia Giovanetti*, University of Firenze

Paper 5.3: The relationship between labor market institutions and innovation in 177 European regions over the period 2000–2015
Authors: Gaetano Perone* (University of Pisa, Italy)
Discussant: Raul Ramos, University of Barcelona

12:30- 13:30 Lunch break

13:30- 14:00

Policy Keynote 2:

HE Fathallah Sijilmassi*, General Director, African Union Commission


Academic session 6: Climate Risk

Chair: Nathalie Hilmi, Section Head of Environmental Economics, Scientific Center of Monaco

Paper 6.1: Climate Risk and Bank Capital Structure
Authors: Yassine Bakkar (Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom)
Discussant: Serena Sandri*, EMANES and German Jordanian University

Paper 6.2: Interpretable machine learning models for ESG stock prices under transition and physical climate risk
Authors: Haithem Awijen, Sami Ben Jabeur (ESDES Lyon Business School), Julien Pillot
Discussant: Yixiao (Ethan) Jiang*, Western New England University

Paper 6.3: CO2 Emissions and the Link to Financial Development in Nigeria: New Discoveries through Asymmetric Cointegration
Authors: Muhammad Abdulaziz Muhammad, Kamal Tasiu Abdullahi (Istanbul University)
Discussant: George Zestos*, Christopher Newport University

15:30- 16:00

Concluding Remarks and Announcement of the Best Paper Award

Dr. Cinzia Alcidi*, Director of Research, Head of the Economic Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Belgium

Prof. Rym Ayadi, President Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), Director, Euro-Mediterranean African Network for Economic Studies (EMANES), Spain

16:00-17.00 EMANES Steering committee (closed meeting, by invitation only) EMEA offices



Rym Ayadi

Rym Ayadi

President, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA)
Director, Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES)

Cinzia Alcidi

Cinzia Alcidi

Director of Research, Centre for European Policy Studies

Prof. Giorgia Giovannetti

University of Firenze

Prof. Giovanni Ferri

LUMSA University, Rome



Giovanni Ferri

Giovanni Ferri

LUMSA University, Rome

Ekkehard Ernst

Ekkehard Ernst

Chief Macro-economist at the International Labour Organization




This year’s EMANES Annual Conference will be hosted hybrid in Barcelona by the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) in collaboration with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).


Be part of EMANES Conference 2023

Deadline for Submission: October 15th, 2023
Notification of Acceptance: November 06th, 2023
Registration Deadline accepted author: November 15th, 2023
Conference dates: December 13th-14th-15th, 2023