CDCM Consortium Conference

The first Cluster Excellence Management trainers from Turkey, Iceland and Poland got certified

The Capacity Development for Cluster Managers (CDCM) consortium completes the training period conducted by the EFCE and presents its own implementation plan, based on the knowledge acquired during the Train-the-Trainers programme.

On the occasion of the Cluster Excellence Conference “Cluster 2.0”, more than 250 participants, consisting of practitioners, policy makers and representatives of private sector from all around Turkey, met last 28th of November in Izmir (Turkey) to discuss clusters and competitiveness.

The conference was organized by the Capacity Development for Cluster Managers (CDMC), one of the four consortiums supported by the European Commission through a Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) Call. The consortium is formed by the Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS), the Rzeszow Regional Development Agency (PARR) and the Aegean Exporters' Associations, who serves as coordinator.

In addition to focusing on consolidating and developing strategies for success in the field of economic clusters, this event also served to celebrated the completion by the project partners of the 6-month long Train-the-Trainers programme delivered by the Foundation. They were awarded the Associate Trainer certification, which now enables them to run the Cluster Excellence Management training programmes offered by EFCE.

The conference culminated with the announcement of the upcoming start of the first Turkish Cluster Excellence Management training. The piece of news attracted widespread interest among participants, especially from the Regional Development Agencies present on that day.

The conference featured the interventions of high level speakers:

  • Mr. Bartlomiej Bodio, member of the Polish Parliament and Chairman of the Polish Parliamentary Group for Cluster Policy.
  • Mr. Yavuz Ozutku, Deputy General Manager in charge of the Cluster Policy for the Turkish Ministry of Economy.
  • Mr. Ekin Taksin, project coordinator of the CDMC Consortium.
  • Mr. Reza Zadeh, Executive Director at EFCE.