Welcome to the selected LA regions for collaboration under the IUC-LAC Project.

Currently the LA regions available for your selection in order to initiate a pairing action for collaboration are: San Martín (Perú), Yucatán (México) and Colima (México).

We are pleased to invite EU Regions to express their interest to collaborate in a pairing action with San Martin, located in the West of Peru. The region has approximately 0,9 million of inhabitants, with a GDP per capita of around 2,300 euros per year [conversion date: 2018]. The Governor of the State of Piura formally represents the region in the IUC-LAC Project.

The main innovation challenges in the region include:

  • Increase the productivity of the main products of the region through technology
  • Increase the flow of sustainable tourism through innovative computer platforms as well as ensuring the protection of the environment with an inclusive policy
  • Reduce Child Chronic Malnutrition and Anaemia in the region through innovative teaching methods and the use of sustainable technologies in sanitation, as well as the implementation of technologies for the targeted detection of affected children
  • Implement a Regional Information System at the level of all public and private actors that make up the San Martin region, which requires the consolidation of both existing and new data

To tackle these challenges the region seeks to build on existing competitive and comparative advantages in the region, which include:

  • Key sectors such as: health, education, production, agriculture, tourism and environment
  • Public and/or private companies engaged in research and technology transfer such as: National Institute for Amazonian Research (INIA), Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP), San Fernando Company, Palma del Espino, among others
  • National and private universities and technology centres

In this regard, the development of a RIS3 can leverage the region’s capacity to address the above-mentioned challenges at the same time it can open up new markets and insert the region in global value chains, thus increasing its competitiveness.

The region is currently designing an innovation and development strategy to improve the regional competitiveness rating of San Martin with the participation of three government levels (national, regional, and local) as well as public institutions, private companies and the organized civil society.

In this context, pairing with a EU region will support the implementation of the development and innovative strategic approach of the San Martin region, which include three key aspects: Production – Protection – Inclusion.

In this context, among the expected achievements of the pairing are:

  • Strengthen the regional policies of innovation and technological development
  • Implement technology for the industrial and manufacturing empowerment of the main products of the region according to the rules of the European Community
  • Promote the tourist potential through technological resources in order to attract private investment

Furthermore, the region also aims to improve its value chains through technological transference in order to:

  • Increase the competitiveness of its agro-food sector, including the productivity, water efficient use, biology control, seeds, among others, of the main crops and production of the region: coffee, cocoa, rice, palm oil, palm for palmetto, sacha inchi, orange, banana, yellow hard corn, cattle and swine

In the environmental area, the region seeks to:

  • Implement a control and surveillance system of the farming activities and the illegal logging of trees, as well as implement a monitoring and appraisement system of the gas emission for the greenhouse effect in the agriculture and forestry sectors.
  • Attain transference of technology for the treatment of the residual waters and solid waste in order to contribute with the reduction of gases from the greenhouse effect

Finally, in the social area, the region wants to:

  • Reduce infant chronic malnourishment and anemia through the use of targeting technological applications



We are pleased to invite EU Regions to express their interest to collaborate in a pairing action with Yucatan, located in the Southeast of Mexico. The region has around 2,185.300 inhabitants and a GDP per capita of US$ 5,713 (conversion date: 2016). The Secretary of Research, Innovation and Higher Education of the State of Yucatan formally represents the region in the IUC-LAC Project.

Yucatan has initiated fostering Industry 4.0 and promoting both new technology implementation and required training of labour to become a key global player. However, it still wants to become more dynamic and partnering with a EU region shall leverage its innovation ecosystem. This is also true in other traditional and economic sectors in which the region has both competitive and comparative advantages, such as shoemaker and jewellery.

Regarding critical mass and both competitive and comparative advantages, the region has in place a dynamic ICT ecosystem with skilled labour, top-level technological infrastructure, links with foreign universities, an associated Special Economic Zone, as well as public policies focused on digital strategies. Moreover, it also has in place an IXP node for Internet exchange, a cluster of companies called the ICT Innovation Center “Heuristic”, as well as the Polytechnic University of Yucatán, specialized in technology development.

Furthermore, in Industrial Design, Yucatan has a Design Center, a Clothing Design and Prototyping laboratory, qualified labor in manufacturing processes, active participation in the promotion of competitive actions for the sector, support of the Chamber National Apparel Industry (CANAIVE), educational offer of higher education institutions with careers related to design, link with the Polytechnic of Milan, geographic regions specialized in the footwear industry, in addition to the fact that jewellery occupies the first national place in exports.

In this context, a regional innovation and competitiveness strategy defined and being currently implemented to strategic sectors in the State, such as Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Industrial Design, shall strengthen the actions defined, generate fundamental changes that reinforce the related value chains, build in depth understanding able to anticipate changes in consumer behaviour and its implications in terms of production. Also, it should enable improved international linkages and commercialisation, as well as improve productive processes through the adoption of new technologies.

Hence, pairing with a EU region shall enable Yucatan not only to strengthen its strategic sectors and to continue implementing its RIS3, but also to build complementarities and access new markets, and to improve its society quality of life. By establishing collaboration in areas of common interest, the aim is to leverage new business opportunities and leverage projects jointly developed. The main areas for joint collaboration with a EU partner, therefore, are:


  • To leverage State key sectors, such as shoemaking and jewellery, through design;
  • To further develop and operationalize the Design Centre of Yucatan;
  • To develop and disseminate targeted training.


  • To become a global and competitive player, thus leveraging its ICT industry internationally;
  • To increase its RTDI participation both globally and in its own economy;
  • To foster technology development and innovation, thus enabling its companies to develop products and services of high value added.


We are pleased to invite EU Regions to express their interest to collaborate in a pairing action with Colima, located in the West of Mexico. The region has around 740.300 inhabitants and a GDP per capita of US$ 8,797 (conversion date: 2018). The General Director of the Government Council for Science, Technology and Innovation of the State of Colima formally represents the region in the IUC-LAC Project.

Colima sees the articulation of quintuple helix actors, the integration of value chains across different sectors and investments in Science, technology and Innovation (STI) as key for a sustained and sustainable growth. Moreover, having in place the required physical infrastructure and international collaboration are important pillars to create an innovation ecosystem and to enable access to international markets, all based on a long-term strategy.

The region has both competitive and comparative advantages as well as a critical mass in place in sectors such as logistics, agro-food, energy, commerce and ICTs. The State Development Plan outlines a technology roadmap for logistics and the agro industry, which has enabled the development of clusters and STI parks to foster the productivity of these value chains. In a nutshell, Colima is developing an innovation ecosystem based on smart specialisation in the above sectors and three key development areas: logistics, agro-industry and knowledge.

Colima has the most important Mexican port in the Pacific Ocean which will be expanded in the coming years in a smart manner, thus strengthening its logistic cluster and technology park. The region, as an energy cluster, exports electricity and natural gas, and is investing heavily on clean energy such as solar, ocean and biomass. In the agro-food industry the region is a rich producer of fruits, corn, watermelon, melon, lemon, sugarcane, papaya, banana, amongst others, and has installed capacity to compete in international markets.

Ultimately, the region believes that a number of actions are required to leverage innovation as well as establish collaboration and coordination of quadruple helix actors. These needs to follow a well defined vision and associated innovation strategy anchored in the knowledge of current strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities, as well as future trends. In this regard, some of the important actions currently in place are highlighted below.


  • The promotion of the agro-industrial cluster, through the current construction of the Agro-industrial Park, based on science, technology and innovation.
  • To drive capitalization of agro-food productive units, including the modernization of infrastructure and machinery;
  • To foster the reconversion of the agro industry produce and technologies for watering systems;
  • To promote the produce of Colima both in internal and external markets.


  • To consolidate the required infrastructure to leverage development and innovation, including: S&T museums; STI park; energy park; industrial park; innovation centres; and research centres;
  • To develop strategic partnerships to further develop the strategic sectors in the region in order leverage exports and the attraction of investments.

In this context, pairing with a EU region shall enable Colima not only to continue implementing its RIS3, but also to build complementarities and access new markets. Also, to learn from its partner experience and translate this into local action. By establishing collaboration in areas of common interest, the aim is to leverage new business opportunities and develop public policies that are effective in order to leverage projects jointly developed.