Croatia joins the Foundation's community of global alumni

Congratulations to all the participants from Croatian Ministry of Economy, Croatian Chamber of Economy (HGK) /CIRAZ who last week completed our eight month training programme in Cluster Excellence Management, as a starting point to the implementation of Croatia's RIS3.

We welcome them to our ever-growing community of global alumni.

Participants in the Croatian training, now alumni of the Foundation

Participants in the Croatian training, now alumni of the Foundation

The training is a part of the Croatia Cluster Competitiveness Global Value Chain (GVC) Assessment Project, where the World Bank is assisting and supporting the Government of Croatia in its efforts to improve the Republic of Croatia’s competitiveness. The programme focused on selected Global Value Chains, as identified in specific Priority Thematic Areas (PTA), and Sub-thematic Priority Areas (STPAs) defined under the Croatia’s Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3), adopted by Government decision on 30th March 2016. 

The methodology provides a perfect foundation for successful implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3).

Cluster Excellence Management training takes off in Kazakhstan

EFCE, Competitiveness and KIDI, together for a great start.

EFCE, Competitiveness and KIDI, together for a great start.

The Cluster Excellence Management training programme for capacity building with the 'Kazakhstan Industry Development Institute' and its partners went off to a great start in Astana. Focused on Cluster Policy Deployment, the training programme will propose an in-depth review of the most updated knowledge on value-chain development and cluster excellence.

During 11 months training participants will be given the opportunity to discover, learn and apply new concepts as they go through a comprehensive and field-oriented curriculum based on the methodology and material developed under the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI).

To the organizers and stakeholders, the first day of the training was the much-awaited culmination of months of planning.  In order to build-up the strongest possible programme EFCE joined forces with international consulting firm Competitiveness, sharing teams and creating synergies.

The Foundation is looking forward to continuing its work with the great team at KIDI.

 

Catalonia celebrates 25 years of cluster policy

Enric Pedrós, Cluster Manager at FEMAC: The Catalan Cluster of Agricultural Means in Lleida

Enric Pedrós, Cluster Manager at FEMAC: The Catalan Cluster of Agricultural Means in Lleida

On Thursday June 8th, the President of the Generalitat, Mr. Carles Puigdemont, invited institutional representatives, entrepreneurs and keynote speakers to celebrate the 25th anniversary of cluster policy in Catalonia.

In his allocution President Puigdemont stressed the disruptive impact that a pioneering cluster policy - started in 1992 - had on the competitiveness of the Catalan economy.

An early leader in cluster policy, Catalonia now counts with 30 robust clusters bringing together more than 2.000 companies, accounting for 300.000 jobs and generating revenues equivalent to 29% of the Catalan GDP. “The Catalan cluster policy was and will remain a benchmark for the world”, President Puigdemont said in his closing remarks.

A long-time supporting partner for the Catalan cluster ecosystem, the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence feels certainly proud to have played its part in such a captivating journey from regional to global competitiveness.