The Basque Government showcases in Estonia the pre-cluster model implemented in the Basque Country
Over 200 people from 28 different countries participate in The Competitiveness Institute (TCI) conference
The Basque Government is an institutional member of the TCI
Today and tomorrow the Basque Government will be participating in a Europe-wide conference in Estonia organised by The Competitiveness Institute (TCI). The conference will take place in the capital, Tallinn, where the Director of Planning and Strategy at the Ministry of Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism, Inmaculada Freije, will explain the pre-cluster model that has been implemented in the Basque Country.
The institute, which has an international outlook, attracted over 200 people from 28 different countries to a conference in which the model applied to pre-clusters in the Basque Country was presented as an example of successful implementation. The Basque model relates to groupings that have yet to acquire the status of a priority cluster, and involves facilitating a boost to the competitiveness of different sectors through collaboration between companies. At present there are nine pre-clusters in operation in the Basque Country.
The main aim of the TCI is to promote cluster-based strategies as a means of improving economic competitiveness and regional development. Its objectives include the improvement of methodologies for strengthening the competitiveness of clusters in the industrial and services sectors, and adding to the professional skills of the personnel who work in cluster development. To this end, the TCI aims to promote, on a global scale, the tools to develop cluster competitiveness and to offer high-level training to personnel who will potentially work in a cluster.
The European Conference, which began today and will continue on Thursday, will focus on ways to improve policies relating to clusters at European, national and regional levels and the means of achieving excellence in cluster management.
It is the first time that this conference has taken place within the European Union, and this year's edition will provide a more detailed insight into the development of clusters in Central and Eastern Europe.
In addition to the main conference program, various parallel sessions will be organised based on the Open Space method, in which participants will define their main areas of interest and direct the subsequent discussion.
The Basque Country is an Institutional Member of the TCI, which has headquarters in Barcelona, demonstrating a decidedly international outlook. Its members include Innovation Norway, the Regional Council of Central Finland, Orkestra (the Basque Institute of Competitiveness), Acc1ó (the Development Agency of the Government of Catalonia), Colombia's Medellín & Antioquía Cluster Community and the Baltic Innovation Agency, amongst others.
Vitoria-Gasteiz, March 30, 2011