For a New Deal « Africa – Mediterranean – Europe » : 5 action programs

Published : Tuesday 16 February 2016


"La Verticale Africa-Mediterranean-Europe” is an IPEMED programme. It is about promoting the idea that the regionalisation of the crescent Africa-Mediterranean-Europe is a realistic prospect.
In order to boost this regional integration, a foundation provided with a think tank must be implemented.  

Jean-Louis Guigou, President of IPEMED


La Verticale Africa-Mediterranean-Europe (AME) is a foundation in charge of fostering and supporting economic and political transitions in Africa and of promoting regional integration between these three European, Mediterranean (Middle East included) and African spaces.

Today’s context is not favourable to investments and long-term coproduction agreements. Nevertheless, inaction is not the solution. Initiatives should be taken to bring back peace in all war-torn countries. With the encouraging but often haphazard growth in Africa and the weakening of the European economy, one must recommend the quick implementation of the Foundation La Verticale, the objective of which is to accelerate North-South and South-South integration.

Business managers, politicians and experts working in IPEMED’s network are convinced that:

  • European integration moves forward when Europe is exposed to crises (war threat, communism threat, decline threat, etc.);
  • southern and eastern Mediterranean countries, along with Middle Eastern and African countries started to free themselves from authoritarian governments and rent-driven economies. One must hope and work to make terrorist violence the last expression of pseudo reactionary religious elites;
  • growth is a favourable factor. Yet it will not be sufficient without the implementation of a greater social and economic inclusion that would prevent growth from generating further inequalities and discrimination.

Time has come to forge bonds based on sharing rather than conquest between Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean and the Middle East, to implement what we have learnt from the successes and mistakes of the past, and to start cooperating as equals, sharing humanist and universal values.

Table of contents

Foreword and contextualisation

Support of IPEMED Political Steering Committee (PSC)

Support of IPEMED Supervisory Committee (SC)

Support of the African Union, the Arab League and the European Commission


CHAPTER 1 : North-South regionalisation taking action in the world

1.1 Failures of global regulation, rise of regional integrations

1.2. Americas: the unequal success of Nafta and Mercosur

1.3. East Asia: powerful but little known integration

1.4. Europe and its neighbours: an unfinished great region

1.5. Africas messy start


CHAPTER 2. Why better integrate the region Africa - Mediterranean - Europe?

2.1 Conditions to succeed

2.2 Regionalisation of globalisation: taking advantage of proximity

2.3. New North-South relations: taking advantage of complementarity

2.4. A new development model: facing the issues of tomorrow

2.5. Conclusion: four reasons to integrate our common region AME


CHAPTER 3. How? The Foundation La Verticale AME, vector of regional integration

3.1. La Verticale” Foundation: objectives and added value

3.2. Action programmes

3.3 Foundation funding sources

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