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The Basque Government and Orkestra attend the congress that draws together the world’s leading experts on clusters and innovation

2011 November 28

The Basque Ministry for Industry and the Basque Institute for Competitiveness present the "Basque case" in The Competitiveness Institute's 14th Annual Conference (TCI) in New Zealand.

The organisation draws together 3000 experts from 100 different countries.

Over the course of this week, the Basque Government and Orkestra (the Basque Institute for Competitiveness) will attend The Competitiveness Institute's (TCI) 14th Annual Conference in New Zealand, which draws together the world's leading experts on clusters and innovation.

The Basque Ministry of Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism's Director of Planning and Strategy, Inmaculada Freije, will attend the conference, accompanied by representatives of Orkestra (the Basque Institute for Competitiveness), led by the organisation's general director, José Luis Curbelo, to present the smart specialisation strategy proposed in the 2010-13 Business Competitiveness Plan.

Over the course of the week, New Zealand will be afforded the privilege of receiving the world's leading authorities on clusters and innovation. TCI holds four conferences each year, in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, along with a global conference, on this occasion set to take place this week in New Zealand.

The network connects 3000 experts from 100 different countries. It is composed of 409 active members, taking in national and regional agencies, cluster associations, academic institutions and companies. This year, the conference will be attended by 900 experts.

The objective of the world's most important clusters network, in addition to affording a space wherein professionals and researchers within the TCI community can meet, is to become a forum that provides impetus to the development of clusters, territorial competitiveness and support for innovation. It also sets out to become a space for the exploration of the latest ideas and discussion of future challenges that will be faced by professionals and analysts in the fields of clusters and competitiveness.

The event to be celebrated this week affords a unique opportunity to those responsible for clusters policy, whilst allowing academics to make advances in terms of understanding the challenges to be faced. The conference will also enable discussion of practical approaches to questions such as competitiveness in the sustainable tourism sector, ICT sectors, bio and nanotechnology sectors, smart specialisation, management groups, the management of intellectual property rights, creativity, collaboration, leadership and evaluation and benchmarking, amongst other areas.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, 28th of November 2011

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