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27 January 2009, Europe Prepared under the framework of the European Cluster Alliance (ECA), the report provides an overview of existing good practice examples of different tools and analytical methods used during the cluster-making process.
Deadline for submission: 12th February 2009 Europe INNOVA has launched a program called European Innovation Platforms for transnational cluster cooperation, knowledge-intensive services, eco-innovation and the promotion of novel tools and service concepts for innovation support.
The International Economic Development Council is currently promoting its Technology-Led Economic Development Conference in partnership with the International Association of Science Parks' World Conference on Science and Technology Parks.
Within de global strategy of TCI Network, some regional initiatives are emerging in order to respond to local and regional challenges and specificities.
<a href"http:="" www.22barcelona.com="" index.php?lang="en"">22@Barcleona is one of TCI organizational members. From September 2008, this innovation district that concentrates and develops knowledge intensive activities in the city of Barcelona, Spain, is also home of TCI headquarters. Read more about the interesting 22@Barcelona project as the "engine" of economic development in an urban area.
Every month, information about TCI organizational members will be published in TCI Newsletter. If you are interested in contributing, send us your article. This month, Mike Crowe sent us this interesting article about Desert Knowledge Australia.
The initiative on India was started on behalf of TCI by Amit Kapoor, Professor of Strategy and Industrial Economics, MDI, Gurgaon, India & Chairman of the Institute for Competitiveness in 2008.
Singapore, 20-24 April 2009 The Asia Competitiveness Institute is organizing its Executive Programme on developing clusters and national competitiveness, designed for senior executives like national or local government, business managers with responsibilities for government relations or leaders of trade and business association. The Programme aims to inform decision-makers about the importance of microeconomic policy and the role of location in economic performance.
The Institute for Competitiveness India has carried out a study in which the 2008 City Microeconomic Competitiveness Index maps the competitiveness of 10 leading cities on a highly evolved framework of multiple dimensions encompassing 225 indicators.
Michael E Porter, one of the world's most influential thinkers on management and competitiveness, was interviewed by Amit Kapoor, Professor of Strategy at Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.
Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness is TCI organizational member since it was founded in 2006 with the objective of providing support to public bodies, socio-economic agents and all the higher education centres in the Basque Country in aspects related to competitiveness. Through this interaction with different agents, Orkestra combines scientific and real-world knowledge in 'orchestrating' the Basque Country towards sustainable competitiveness. Research is focused in four key areas: Clusters, Regional Development and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Welfare.
A parallel session on "Hot Topics in cluster" chaired by Michael Enright took place during the 2008 TCI Annual Global Conference in Cape Town. Participants discussed about some key cluster related issues or "hot topics". This session provided the opportunity for cluster practitioners to share their experiences in small groups around key topics facing the success of clustering projects. The session was planned to define subjects to bring forward to TCI discussions and future conferences.
Many agencies and organisations involved in cluster work have begun to evaluate cluster programmes. More and more people are interested on the challenges that the evaluation process involves. This was reflected on the "Evaluation Workshop" in TCI Conference in Cape Town, which was followed with great interest by participants.
The Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) is a new continent-wide competence and action centre for innovation and cluster based competitiveness approaches to national and regional economic development in Africa.
Taking advantage of the "5th Eastern African Regional Conference on Innovation Systems and Innovative Clusters in Africa" celebrated in Maputo, Mozambique on August 25-27th and building on the momentum created in Addis Ababa - the 1st Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) - the PACF Executive and Advisory Boards held their second Advisory Board Meetings on August 28-29.
The Ist Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) has successfully launched a new continent-wide competence and action centre for an innovation and cluster based competitiveness approach to national and regional economic development.
Developing Desert Directions: Rethinking the Future Alice Springs-Australia, 3-6 November 2008
This international study grew from the TCI 2007 Annual Conference in Portland-USA, and shows the benefit of cluster practitioners getting together, agreeing to work together and moving knowledge of clusters forward.
Erica Elk, Director at the in South Africa has been one of the participants of the Pan African Competitiveness Forum in Addis Ababa in April and allows us to share her reflections on the Forum. This article was part of a monthly newsletter from the Western Cape Craft Initiative.
Article by Arthur Bayhan, member of TCI Board of Directors Globalisation is a reality that countries in the Middle East can no longer escape and competitiveness is the only way to benefit from globalization and not become its victim.