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Published on Monday, October 12, 2015

Newsletter 2

PRIME - Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries

Project Presentation

Partnership Introduction

Mediterranean silver smithing and gemmology products are sold under prestigious brands with an aura of exclusivity, cutting-edge creativity and superior quality,including the best of Mediterranean craftsmanship. Intertwined with the heritage are unique craft skills which have been handed down through generations of families and small businesses. Throughout the Mediterranean area, artisan skills and local economies are threatened as business moves manufacturing out and into Asia. A lack of innovative schemes to valorise the know-how and experience of senior silversmiths and gemmologists has been identified together with the need to foster professionalism of younger generations. This will ensure that valuable skills are not left to disappear but remain strong and vital parts of the economy and cultural heritage of the Mediterranean area.
  1. IRFI - Istituto Romano per la Formazione Imprenditoriale (IT)
  2. T.ALEXANDRIDIS AND CO (OMEGA TECHNOLOGY) (EL)
  3. MOKUME: Silversmithing and Jewellery Design School (EL)
  4. CCIA-BML: Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (LB)
  5. BIAT: Business Incubation Association in Tripoli (LB)
  6. NDU: Notre Dame University (LB)
  7. JTC: Jewelry Technology Centre (EG)



IRFI: Training of senior entrepreneurs and Mentoring Activities

Training Senior Entrepreneurs to become Mentors

The training of senior entrepreneurs to become mentors took place between January and February 2015 in Italy. Established experts from the various business associations headed the sessions



Mentoring Activities

Mentoring activities began in March 2015 and ended in May 2015, totaling seventeen separate meetings and sixty-eight hours.



MOKUME: Training of senior entrepreneurs and Mentoring Activities

Training Senior Entrepreneurs to Become Mentors in Thessaloniki, Greece

The training of senior entrepreneurs to become mentors took place from February 23 to March 27, 2015 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Heading the sessions were established experts in the fields of jewelry factories, jewelry design, and gemology.

Mentoring Activities in Thessaloniki, Greece


Phase one of the mentoring activities began on June 2, 2015 and ended on June 29, 2015, totaling thirteen separate meetings and sixty-three hours. Four additional meetings were held during the last two weeks of September 2015.

Training Senior Entrepreneurs to Become Mentors in Athens, Greece

The training of senior entrepreneurs to become mentors took place from June 22 to July 2, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Heading the sessions were established experts in the fields related to jewelry factories, jewelry design, and gemology.

Steering Committee in Athens, Greece


The Steering Committee, comprising of representatives from all Project partners, held its meeting between April 29 and April 30, 2015 in Athens, Greece.





NDU:Starts Training for Leadership in Careers in goldsmithing and jewellery sector

In an effort to support and enhance the productive and successful sectors of goldsmithing and jewellery sector, Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) embarked on intense training sessions to stimulate and preserve the entrepreneurship and innovation that characterizes Lebanon. Project Coordinator, Dr. Pierre Gedeon welcomed everyone in attendance and particularly stressed the importance of the PRIME Project, funded by various partners as well as the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation Mediterranean Sea Basin Program (ENPI CBCMED). The project aims at supporting intergenerational learning, building bridges between the generation gap active in the industry, and promoting the importance of developing competencies, which not only depend on theoretical knowledge but also skills, work ethics, and attitude.


JTC: Training and mentoring activities

The JTC, which is the legal representative of Egypt in the project has reach the last phase of finishing all the business and management workshops and training. As for the technical part, most of the participants finished the final products (pieces) inspired by the Egyptian Ethnic culture.

 Moreover, 9 juniors have joined the 2 study visits, 3 of them visited Rome - Italy and the other 6 visited Greece (Athens and Thessaloniki ) and at the meantime, the JTC is preparing for the final event, in order to open the gate to those young talents through presenting their final products.


BIAT and CCIAT

BIAT Launches PRIME Project


The Business Incubation Association in Tripoli (BIAT) at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli and North Lebanon (CCIAT), on behalf of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme (ENPI CBCMED) portfolio of projects, invited on June 26, 2014 representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (CCIA-BML) as well as representatives of Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) for the launch of the BIAT PRIME Project (Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries).
BIAT and CCIAT: PRIME Project launched.....


PRIME Project launched on December 10, 2014, on the premises of the Business Incubation Association in Tripoli (BIAT) at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli and North Lebanon (CCIAT), its second public event titled, “Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries.” The BIAT organized the event in collaboration with the CCIAT, and the Jewelers Syndicate of Tripoli and the North. The objective of the PRIME Project is not only limited to fostering intergenerational learning among silver/goldsmiths and to developing transferable mentoring schemes for intergenerational learning but also to transfer core skills in the sectors of silver/goldsmithing and gemology. 
“Tarablus Dahab,” (meaning, Golden Tripoli)


A pedagogic intellectual event titled, “Tarablus Dahab,” (meaning, Golden Tripoli) was held on February 21, 2015 on the premises of the Business Incubation Association in Tripoli (BIAT) at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli and North Lebanon (CCIAT). The event represented an unpretentious aspect of the PRIME Project, which is to foster innovation and dissemination in the area of intergenerational learning within the silver/goldsmithing sector and to identify the effective models that will help to contribute toward encouraging learning and augmenting the skills of younger generations.






CCIA-BML: Training and Mentoring Sessions

PRIME at the EU-Lebanon Cooperation Days

Through the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (CCIA-BML), PRIME Project (Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries) was an active exhibition participant at the 3rd EU-Lebanon Cooperation Days, which was organized by the European Delegation to Lebanon in collaboration with the EU Member States. 
PRIME Participates in the Woman’s World Exhibition
PRIME Project (Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries) participated from April 29 to May 3, 2015 in the Woman’s World Exhibition, a forum dedicated to women, which took place at the Forum de Beyrouth. The exhibition celebrates today’s woman as an important driver of the economy. 
CCIA-BML/ PRIME Training and Mentoring Sessions  

The Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (CCIA-BML), within the PRIME Project (Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries), organized between June and September 2015 a training and mentoring scheme. 






CCIA-BML/ PRIME Training for Future Mentors 

The Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (CCIA-BML) organized on May 15, 2015 its training session for future mentors of the PRIME Project (Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries) at Le Gray Hotel in Beirut.  




CCIA-BML: Mentoring for young entrepreneurs in the jewellery sector, with PRIME ENPI CBC-MED project 

PRIME | Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries




The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria (participation currently suspended), Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English and French (www.enpicbcmed.eu). 

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