“Digital has made Emerging Valley even more connected, denser and more essential for Africa-Europe innovation ecosystems”

How are your relations with the organizers of the future Two Shores Summit evolving?

HER: We are still very closely associated with the ecosystem of civil society around the Deux Rives Summit and we continue to contribute ideas and projects, particularly through Emerging Mediterranean.

Our relations are very positive. We have already organized a collective intelligence laboratory with IRD, Mediterranean and local incubators, AFD (French Development Agency), the Bouches-du-Rhône department and in the presence of DiMed (Interministerial Delegation for Méditerranée – France) on the theme of biodiversity 2.0. We want to go further by bringing together the world of science, researchers, biodiversity and start-ups.

Will there be a fifth edition of Emerging Valley? If so, are you planning to move it across the Mediterranean?

HER: Yes, there will be a fifth edition! It will not take place in 2022, but at the end of 2021. We will continue to strengthen our presence on the southern shore of the Mediterranean, in particular thanks to Emerging Mediterranean, and therefore organize more events on this shore. However, the Emerging Valley event, on which there is consensus on the strong legitimacy of Marseille to host it, will remain very strongly anchored in Marseille, in Provence and in the metropolis. We are determined to maintain a strong link with Marseille, and we will continue to do so.

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