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

Currently the only LA region available for your selection in order to initiate a pairing action for collaboration is: Paraná (Brazil). The open call will start on the 2nd of January 2018.

We are pleased to invite EU Regions to express their interest to collaborate in a pairing action with Paraná. The State of Paraná, located in the South of Brazil, has around 11.320.892 inhabitants and represents 6% of the country’s GDP or a GDP per capita of 10.078,93 Euros (conversion date: 2014). Its Secretary of Science, Technology and Higher Education formally represents the region in the IUC-LAC Project.

Paraná has already designed an overall innovation strategy and is in the phase of defining priorities for implementation. This prioritisation process needs to take into account the challenge of connecting, articulating and coordinating quintuple helix actors in order to consolidate value-added and complex value chains able to promote and leverage the region’s global competitiveness.

The designed strategy is based on a business-driven robust diagnosis and mapping of the region’s industrial and knowledge base, as well as of future global trends, technologies and business models. Such an analysis led to a map of opportunities for the region’s companies, which has been widely debated with business representatives and key stakeholders, both public and private. All this lead to a systemic strategic plan for ICTs in the region coordinated with business and economical areas and segments of competence, which consolidates key areas and lines of action able to increase the global competitiveness of the region and enable both existing and new companies to flourish and become global leaders.

The systemic strategic plan for ICTs in the region of Paraná identified 4 sets of key technological families. Also, highlighted trends that are able to impact and propel multiple sectors, economic areas and their segments mutually in a cross-domain perspective. These were translated into specific areas of potential impact due to the existence of an important innovation ecosystem and critical mass as well as considering business opportunities and future drivers of development in the region:

  • Remote management – solutions that enable management of people, teams and goods in distance, including: i) logistics and fleet management, ii) remote management, e.g. oil pipes or energy distribution; and iii) security. Advanced manufacturing or industry 4.0 is a great opportunity in this area. Hardware adaptation for specific solutions as well as the development of concrete solutions and associated services are requirements to enable the development of value-added global chains.
  • Smart management – solutions that enable managing complex, multi-variable and multi-operated systems. These are usually related to the managing of smart cities (e.g. security, mobility, waste, etc.) and grids (i.e. energy and water).
  • E-health – solutions that enable coordinated management for the provision of health services and engage the patient along the process. Includes information storage, access, monitoring and big data analysis for an evidence-based diagnosis as well as distance rehabilitation of patients. Key in this area is the coordination of the whole value chain.
  • Agro-tech – solutions that combine hardware, software, sensors and telecommunications.

Within and across these 4 technological areas, the following technologies have been identified as enablers of greater potential impact in a number of economic sectors and areas in the region:

  • Data Capturing
  • Data Processing
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Networks and Wireless

The above technologies can influence most of the potential areas identified so far, in a cross-cutting and horizontal way and, therefore, are likely to have greater impact in existing prominent sectors in connection with ICTs:

  • Agro-food and agro-business
  • Industry
  • Health
  • Energy

The region believes it is now key to depart from the above strategy and move towards the development of a Regional Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) able to highlight key priorities and structure both existing and new value chains. This entails developing a clear vision and strategy to enable ICTs as a means of converging the identified strategic areas in the region as well as in defining the relevant nodes in the value chain worth specialising. Also, to enable networking in the region, nationally and internationally, so that new knowledge can be generated and internalised. Moreover, to foster a more sophisticated demand. In a nutshell, all this can lead to:

  • Establishing new legal and regulatory frameworks;
  • Improve business environment;
  • Establish new and increase existing digital infrastructure;
  • Foster specialised RTDI and the adoption of ICTs by citizens and businesses alike;
  • Favour and strengthen education and research in the region.

In this context, pairing with a EU region shall enable Paraná not only to develop its RIS3, but also to build complementarities across the different nodes of selected and emerging value chains in order to develop new businesses, including necessary R&I and necessary channels and applications for market development. Hence, the structuring of more complex value chains shall enable the development of business alliances and partnerships with key institutional stakeholders in both regions in order to consolidate new business opportunities. To achieve this, a number of mechanisms are relevant, such as: technical cooperation agreements; commercial missions; development of joint RTDI projects; development of new capacities and capabilities in selected areas; and structuring of new global value chains which are transdisciplinary, innovative, specialised and market-driven.

It is key to highlight that for this pairing action with a EU region, there are two main outcomes that are expected:

  1. Development of a RIS3 that consolidates all the above technologies, segments, sectors and areas of mutual interest into a well defined forward-looking strategy, identifying complementarities between Paraná and its associated EU region in order to structure and develop new global value chains with associated business alliances and key RTDI partners; and
  2. Detail the RIS3 for the West of Paraná, which comprises 54 municipalities and 64 partner institutions, including Itaipú Binacional, Itaipú Technological Park and PUCPR to mention but a few. Such detailing should lead to a clear strategy for the strengthening of the region innovation ecosystem with a special focus in the energy sector (e.g. renewables, smart grids and metering, distributed and inclusive energy, etc.) and its linkage to ICTs. This shall ultimately lead to the identification and development of a pilot project between Paraná and its EU associated region.


We are pleased to invite EU Regions to express their interest to collaborate in a pairing action with Córdoba. The province of Córdoba, located in the Centre Region of Argentina that integrates the provinces of Santa Fe and Entre Rios, represents 5,94% of the country’s land surface and has approximately 3,5 million of inhabitants (second most populated province in Argentina), with a GDP per capita of around US$ 11,725 (Conversion date: June 2017), which corresponds to 8% of the country’s GDP. Its Secretary of Regional Integration and International Relations formally represents the region in the IUC-LAC Project.

Córdoba is located at the productive heart of Mercosur and between the main ports of the Pacific and the Atlantic in Argentina. It has a number of natural attractiveness such as plains, mountains, valleys and rivers. It has a good differentiation of the four seasons, and has an average in terms of rainfall of around 800 mm. per year. There is a variety of local climates and microclimates that justify the fame and reality of Córdoba as a national tourist centre.

The region is in the process of developing a regional innovation strategy, which currently is mainly located in areas such as agriculture and food industry, metal-mechanic manufacturing, ICTs and tourism. In order to improve its innovation capacity it is in the process of initiating an integrated strategic plan, in which the region envisages to become a platform for innovation. In this sense, the region has commenced the development of regional mechanisms to better connect innovation demand and offer.

Moreover, it is seeking for a renewed approach to regional development towards one able to build on the existing key local assets and focus on enabling policies related to infrastructure, innovation, access to finance and skills to project the province into higher value added segments of production chains. Such a renewed model must be articulated with all relevant actors and developed based upon multilateral governance best practices. This is critical to enable the definition of regional priorities and key technologies that can be leveraged through the efficient use of existing resources and customised instruments able to support the achievement of higher impacts.

In this context, key region assets include:

  • Agroindustry – Córdoba has one of the highest productivity levels globally both in agriculture and livestock, including animal protein. It produces food derived from grains, flours, oils, animal feed, bio-fuels, among others. Córdoba is the first producer of dairy products in the country and the second one in wheat and soybeans. It processes 12% of bovine meats and 70% of corn bio-ethanol in Argentina. At the international level, Córdoba is the world’s leading exporter of peanuts (Mani or confectionery peanut), the world’s leading producer of sweets, and the fifth region in the world in exports of ice cream.
  • Metal-mechanic sector – there are two strong sub-sectors: i) auto parts with strong assets in engineering and workforce; and ii) agriculture machinery with strong technical and technological levels as well as high productivity.
  • Agricultural machinery and agro components: Córdoba represents 35% of the national production. Nearly 500 factories produce tillage equipment, applicators of agrochemicals and fertilizers, grain and forage harvesters, seed technology, fertilizers and services for the implementation of direct seeding, as well as specific software development integrated into agricultural machinery and services.
  • Automotive industry: the Province has the terminal plants of FIAT, RENAULT, VW, Nissan and IVECO. The plant of VW is the second in importance globally in terms of world producer of speed boxes. In turn, Córdoba represents more than 30% of the total national automotive production, has highly qualified human resources and an important network of medium and small industries that manufacture auto parts.
  • Metallurgy – the region has a diversified production of auto parts and 80% of the aluminium foundry in the country, with capacity to supply the naval, railway, construction and aeronautical industries. Córdoba is an important pole in Latin America in the production of moulds and dies.
  • Technology and Software – the region is both a high export of software and supply the needs of the internal market. Córdoba was the first province to declare Software as an industry, which favoured the installation of companies such as Intel, Hewlett Packard, Mercado Libre, among others. It has a growth of more than 34% year-on-year, with more than 300 companies in the field well-organized thanks to the promotion of public-private Technological Clusters with universities. The most important is “Córdoba Cluster Technology” with more than 180 companies. The companies have an export profile with high added value, generate significant synergies with the rest of the productive sectors and have highly trained personnel. They employ around 12,000 people and place their products and services in more than 15 countries.
  • Tourism – the region is the second most important tourist centre within the country and has the potential, the conditions and infrastructure in place to become internationally recognised for its tourism. Córdoba is known for its combination of valleys, pampas, hills, mountains, lakes and rivers. It hosts cultural events as it has a large hotel and multi-space infrastructure. Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella International Airport is the third most important airport in the country due to the flow of flights and number destinations. Tourism is one of the prioritized activities in the provincial development strategy.
  • Aerospace industry – the state-owned company Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (FADEA) is based in Córdoba (it produced, in the 70s, the first jet aircraft of the Ibero-American world, called Pulqui, as well as the successful turboprop aircraft IA 58 Pucará, followed by the manufacturing of aircraft IA-63 Pampa I, II and III). Both the aerospace industry and its research ecosystem have in the province one of the main developments of Ibero-America, where the first Argentine space satellite (u.Sat-Victor-1) was designed and built by the Applied Research Center of the Aeronautical University Institute of Córdoba. In addition, an earth station of capture and satellite transmission is installed in the region.

In Córdoba, productive competitiveness is closely linked to technology and innovation, with more than 20 Technological Linking Units (UVTs) between the productive sector and academia. UVTs were created and are protected by the National Law 23,877.

The university system has 12 public and private universities, which house around 170 research centres, knowledge transfer and linking groups, in basic, applied and social sciences. The Government of the Province of Córdoba also hosts the Centre of Excellence in Products and Processes Córdoba (CEPROCOR) whose laboratories carry out research, development and scientific and technological links.

Professional training is a priority in Córdoba, there are more than 300 postgraduate programs distributed in different universities. There are also more than 6,000 researchers belonging to universities, the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and other research centres.

Some of the most relevant areas with scientific and technological capabilities in Córdoba are: biotechnology (in the field of agriculture, the food industry, animal health and human health), food technology (Institute of Food Science and Technology Córdoba -ICYTAC- dependent on CONICET and the National University of Córdoba), and ICT.

In this context, pairing with an EU region and further developing a regional innovation strategy shall improve the region’s competitiveness, thus generating jobs and added value, fostering its internationalisation, as well as improving the quality of life of its citizens. Ultimately, the mutual learning that shall be initiated through pairing with a EU region will support Córdoba in further designing and in moving towards the implementation of its innovation and development strategy. Furthermore, both regions shall be able to jointly identify business opportunities and mechanisms to access, use and monitor international financial resources. Hence, expected opportunities and/or benefits from pairing with a EU region include:

  • Leverage business investments in Córdoba’s well developed system of education, research and technology development, thus improving the linkage between research and innovation in the region;
  • Strengthen the linkages between education, research and innovation local actors in order to connect these to potential export productive sectors as well as to European research centres and businesses;
  • Deploy co-investments in complementary businesses or, in other words, with Córdoba investing in its EU counterpart and vice-versa; in which case the region would strongly foster the establishment of linkages with EU medium and big companies rather than small ones;
  • Investment, commerce and innovation exchange between Córdoba and its EU counterpart should ultimately strengthen both businesses and research and development centres which contribute to improving the competitiveness of such businesses.


We are pleased to invite EU Regions to express their interest to collaborate in a pairing action with CIOESTE, a micro-region located in western area of the State of São Paulo, Brazil. The region has approximately 2 million of inhabitants and a GDP of around 18,639.33 Euros or US$ 20,773.66 [Conversion date: 21.06.2017] . CIOESTE comprises 25% of the information technology (IT) companies located in Brazil and has the infrastructure and interest to increase the number of technology companies in the region. The president of the consortia that formally represents CIOESTE and its interests is the counterpart of the IUC-LAC Project.

To this end, the region sees as a major challenge the need to strengthen is economic development having as a basis innovation and its infrastructure for IT companies. Also, to develop critical mass in terms of knowledge and enhance its R&D capability in order to leverage the region as an organised and globally competitive region, in a sustainable and inclusive way. This shall be key to attract investors for joint investments, which can be initiated either in its counterpart region in Europe or in CIOESTE.

Ultimately, the aim is to develop a regional innovation policy which is robust and able to drive the region towards becoming more innovative as well as globally competitive and thus inserted in global value chains.

Building a strong partnership with an EU region shall help not only the region in developing a clear innovation strategy, but also strengthen its planning and management capabilities in order to bring to the fore socioeconomic benefits to its citizens. To sum up, the main benefits that pairing with a EU region and developing a regional innovation policy are:

  • Establish a regional innovation detailed plan outlining actions required for boosting innovation and socioeconomic sustainable development.
  • Outline required actions and mechanisms to enhance collaboration between private and public sectors.

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  • Enable social inclusion through innovation, education and R&D as key drivers.
  • Leverage regional attractiveness for innovation-sensitive global players.
  • Strengthen regional internalisation by developing new partnerships, cooperation agreements and joint projects between national, regional and international entrepreneurs with clear measurement of economic benefits and results for both regions.
  • Identify priorities to leverage the region’s R&D capability thus generating critical mass to become a globally competitive IT hub and embedded in global value chains.
  • Enable knowledge and technology transfer between both regions as well economic partnerships and the exchange of people.
  • Develop a success case of this cooperation that may serve as a best-case example or benchmark for other Brazilian, LA and EU regions to follow.
  • Open a channel for EU regions to better access Mercosul and for Brazilian regions to access EU.

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We will be showing here a detailed profile of cooperation of Cordoba. It is currently on preparation.

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We are pleased to invite EU Regions to express their interest to collaborate in a pairing action with Chihuahua, a region-state located in northwest of Mexico. Chihuahua has borders to the north with the US, to the east with Coahuila, to the south with Durango, to southeast with Sinaloa and to the west with Sonora. Considered a State in Mexico, it has approximately 4 million of inhabitants and a GDP of around 6,797 Euros or US$ 7,535 [Conversion date: 01.09.2017]. The State sub-secretary of innovation and economic development formally represents Chihuahua in the IUC-LAC Project.

The region understands that its main innovation challenge lies in the generation of an economic development model that leverages increased added value and economic demand for sustained growth based upon:

1) Development, attraction and retention of talent.

2) Creation and development of Micro, Small and Medium-sized enterprises able to retain and evolve its economic capabilities.

3) Embedded innovation and entrepreneurship able to leverage processes and technological development.

This is in line with a collective vision developed in the region, which seeks to develop its innovation capacity in order to generate better jobs for all, increased economic distribution and social inclusiveness. In this sense, the development of a formal Regional Innovation Strategy (or RIS3) is key to bring about better quality of life for all via a new philosophy that includes economic development based on innovation and entrepreneurship.

A robust diagnosis has been developed and outlines the region potentialities, opportunities and vocations. Technologies, sectors and areas in which the region holds competitive advantages and is ready to build critical mass of knowledge, innovation and development, by sub-region, include:

  • Juárez (medical equipment, electronics, automotive, international trade, home appliances, ICTs, metal-mechanics, energy);
  • Chihuahua (aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, tourism, energy);
  • Cuauhtémoc (agricultural machinery and equipment, agroindustry);
  • Delicias (agribusiness, furniture sector);
  • Parral (mining);
  • Nuevo Casas Grandes (agribusiness);
  • Región de la sierra (tourism, forestry).

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Based on the above, the region has been able to identify clear challenges and opportunities that have been guiding a number of initiatives bringing together triple helix actors. These aim to foster small and medium sized new entrepreneurs to flourish in order to tackle the region priorities and develop a local/regional ecosystem of innovation connected to global value chains. Moreover, these also highlight both existing and potential capabilities that can be leveraged through a formalised Regional Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3). Ultimately, such a strategy shall lead to an integrative and development model able to generate value added products and services as well as increased social mobility.

Therefore, building strong ties and collaboration with a European partner region shall help not only the region in further developing a clear and adapted RIS3, but also to generate joint projects and solutions of added economic value and high social impact.

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We will be showing here a detailed profile of cooperation of Bogota-Cudinamarca. It is currently on preparation.

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We will be showing here a detailed profile of cooperation of Salta. It is currently on preparation.

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We will be showing here a detailed profile of cooperation of Puebla. It is currently on preparation.

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