10th TCI Latin American Conference
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, 28-30 June 2017
This year's TCI Latin American Cluster Conference gathered cluster and competitiveness professionals from Latin America, Europe, North America and Oceania. Under the main theme of “Binational competitiveness as a pillar for sustainable cluster development”, participants shared their knowledge and engaged in discussions over many different aspects related to this theme.
With the participation of academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, and policy makers from Mexico and from different Latin American countries such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia as well as participants from Canada, New Zealand and Spain, the conference offered the opportunity to learn about the specificity of cluster development in a location such as Tijuana, Baja California, where the exchange and cooperation across nations, the state of California and in particular with the city of San Diego, is a key factor.
The first day of the conference was dedicated to cluster tours, in which participants learnt firsthand from the experience of the Aerospace cluster, Binational Advance Manufacture cluster (San Diego), IT cluster, Gastronomic District in Tijuana and the Viticulture cluster.
The second and third day, the conference focused on the exchange of knowledge, experiences, results and methodologies on issues of competitiveness, innovation, territorial development and cluster management. Keynote speakers included, the former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe; Neil Parsan, Secretary of Integral Development of the Organization of American States; TCI member Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, and Fernando Thompson de la Rosa, from the Foundation of University of the Americas, an internationally recognized expert in IT, innovation and telecommunications.
Throughout the second day speakers from different coutries introduced various conferences about different topics, “Territorial economic development policy” held by Julián Goñi Melías or “Policies to promote SME associativity” by Sebastian Morandi.
As a new feature ,the third day included training sessions led by specialists reinforcing the knowledge and experiences of the conference as a way to develop the professional methodologies and cluster management. The first training session was led by Vincent Dugré, about the Cluster Managers. How to build a Cluster was the second training session led by Marc Papell. Helmut Kergel led a special activity about the Process of Benchmarking of Clusters. After that, Ifor Ffowcs did a training session about Cluster Development in Crossborder Regions. Manuel Montoya explained the working Groups Facilitation.
For future conferences TCI Network will be working on new training sessions in order to improve and develop the knowledge of cluster management.
Baja California counts with five clusters certified by the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA), which are the Aerospace, Viticulture, Medical Tourism and Medical Products clusters with bronze certification and the IT cluster with silver certification.
Within the framework of the conference, a certification workshop took place in which the Beer cluster and a Waste cluster went through the certification process as well as some other clusters represented by conference participants from other countries.