Between the 7th and 11th of October, Washington D.C. hosted the 7th edition of the Competitiveness Summer School, a meeting point for the most relevant politicians and professionals in competitiveness related work. Project managers, policy makers and economists in governmental bodies from all over the world, had the opportunity to learn more about competitiveness in this Summer School, organized by the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence. It was hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank in coordination with the World Bank.
On this occasion, and in order to build on the skills and topics exposed during previous editions, the School focused on the case studies and materials developed by the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence. The curriculum was specifically prepared to deliver a profound understanding of competitiveness initiatives and their application in economic development policies.
During the week, lectures, speeches and conferences were instructed by some of the most important instructors in this area, coming from different relevant institutions such as Harvard University, the World Bank or the Government of Catalonia. In addition, the Summer School finished with a round-table session with representatives from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence and Clusterland Upper Austria, in a debate over the question: Can this learning be applied to poor developing and fragile states and regions ?