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The 2nd International Congress of Aromatic & Medicinal Plants, held last November in Hammamet, Tunisia, marked the formalization of cooperation between the France-based competitive cluster Perfumes, Aromas, Fragrances and Savors (PASS) and the Tunisian Association of Medicinal Plants (Association Tunisienne des Plantes Medicinales; ATPM). The move followed a similar signing between PASS and the Association for the Development of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants (Association pour le Developpement des Plantes Aromatiques et Medicinales; ADEPAM) in Morocco in 2009. According to PASS, "The medium term goal is to step up cooperation to foster the emergence of a Mediterranean Federation of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants that will bring together all the stakeholders in the industrial basin," serving the flavor, fragrance and cosmetic sectors. Here, Jean-J. Etienne provides a report from the region.
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