Innov-AL Webinars on economic dynamisation post-Covid19

EU-CELAC Innov-AL platform is a project of the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission. The project is the result of a Preparatory Action of the European Parliament to promote the exchange of experiences and good practices between the European Union and non-EU countries on the subject of territorial development with special emphasis on urban development, the urban-rural partnership and cross-border urban cooperation.

The project aims to create a community of agents related to these issues, both in Latin America and in Europe, to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and shared learning. This will help to advance more quickly to those countries or regions that want to deepen the development of this type of policy.

In the frame of this project, INFYDE together with EURADA are organising a series of Webinars, that will be aimed at providing advice to South American peers and regional practitioners, showcasing the best practices and the measures taken by European regions to tackle the harmful effects of the Covid-19 on their local economies. Every Tuesday, from 16h00 to 18h00, an online Webinar will be carried out by different regional authorities with the collaboration of economic actors such as companies, clusters and business association, on different topics related to successful initiatives that have been already applied on the territory. 

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Agenda of events

28th of July, 2020 – Creative Industries and Orange Economy

The creative and cultural industries have been some of the most affected economic activities by the Covid-19 crisis. Although the consumption of this kind of products has increased during the pandemic due to the lockdown measures, the sector experienced an evolution at two speeds: On the one hand, we can find the cultural and creative activities related to traditional interaction channels –as theatre plays, cinema, music shows, and so on– which have suffered a dramatic break of their daily activities. While on the other hand, there has been a second wave of activities that took advantage of digital platforms and dissemination channels to grow during these uncertain times. These webinars will address both, giving the floor to experts from some of the regions that better are dealing with this topic.

  • Jaime del Castillo, Founding Partner of Infyde – Welcome to participants.
  • Andreja Šeperac, Head of EU projects department at SiMoRa & Zvonimir Miksic, Education expert at SiMoRa and DIH PISMO – The case of Sisak-Moslavina. 
  • Marko Podjavorsek, Project Manager at Center for Creativity of Maribor – The case of Maribor.
  • Carl Wideman, Kainuun Etu’s Director – FDI & IT Services Sector – The case of Kainuu and its gaming cluster.

You can watch the recorded Webinar here

21th of July, 2020 – Tourism sector

For the 21st July session, the topic of discussion will be the Covid-19 impact on the tourism sector. Although being one of the most relevant sectors in many economies –especially in the American continent–, due to its nature tourism has been as well one of the sectors that most bureaucratic limitations have been facing since the release of the lockdown regulations.

The topic will be discussed with the participation of a different kind of European regions: Malta, an island specialised in tourism and services; Lubljana (Slovenia), a capital region mainly focused on urban and rural tourism; and, Attika (Greece), the capital region of the country, specialised in cultural tourism, cruise ships, and so on. During the conference, the European Association of Touristic Regions will get the floor.

You can watch the recorded Webinar here

14th of July, 2020 – Agrifood sector

Agri-food industry has been one of the most affected sectors by the Covid-19 crisis. The industry suffered changes in demand caused by the lockdown of hospitality. Initially, there were logistics and transport disruption caused by borders checks. Additionally appeared difficulties on seasonal workers to harvest crops. In the last weeks, there have closures caused by the impossibility of social distance in food processing companies (e.g. slaughterhouses). Development agencies and regional public administrations have deployed specific measures considering the relevance of the agrifood industry.

  • Jaime del Castillo, Founding Partner of Infyde – Welcome to participants.
  • Rafael Martínez, Head of Business Competitiveness Area at Instituto de Fomento de la Región de Murcia (INFO) – Agrifood value chain in the Region of Murcia.
  • Jouke Kardolus, Business Developer Ago-Food at Oost NL – Presentation of initiatives taken in East Netherlands.
  • Pierpaolo Rovere, Chief Executive Director at FVG – Agrifood & Bioeconomy Cluster Agency – Support to members against the Covid-19.

You can watch the recorded Webinar here

7th of July, 2020 – France

In this session, different French regions gave a presentation about their experiences reactivating different sectors specially harnessed by the Covid19 crisis, as the touristic one or small business, as well as some measures to support the industry. The programme is as follows:

  • Jean-François Benon, Director of the agency CEEVO95 – Cergy-Pointoise initiatives: Supporting measures taking advantage of the agency’s relationship with China.
  • Hélene Billes-Bobo, Director of the agency Pyrénées Méditerranée Investir – Presentation of the initative of the Perpignan Metropolis: Vouchers addressed to reactivate the small business and value chains.
  • Gaëlle Raboyeau, Agence de Développement et Innovation de la Nouvelle Aquitaine ADI-NA – Platform for Industrial Collaboration.

You can watch the recorded Webinar here

30th of June, 2020 – Emilia-Romagna (Italy) and Bielsko-Biala (Poland)

During this session, there were put together two regions from two different countries: The Italian region of Emilia-Romagna and the Polish region of Bielsko-Biala. Both of them had interesting initiatives beyond the common financial and monetary flux. In this way:

  • Jan Sienkiewicz, Director of ARSSA, the Regional Development Agency of Bielsko-Biala – Bielsko-Biala: Neighbours to Neighbours Platform, FabLab and Votking Software. Supporting actions of Bielsko-Biala during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Roberta Dall’Olio, President of EURADA and Responsible of the European Union Unit for International Cooperation and Social Innovation at ART-ER. – Emilia-Romagna: Acceleration of actions to boost the competitiveness of local companies & Strategies for the development of regional innovation and pandemic emergency.
  • Marco Foschini, Director of the agri-food Cluster of Emilia-Romagna – Covid-19 crisis impact on agri-food sector and reaction measures. 

You can watch the recorded Webinar here

23rd of June, 2020 – Portugal

This session was carried out by different Portuguese organisations. This country is a benchmark in Europe regarding its outstanding initiatives to tackle the 2008 crisis, and it is so for its reaction to the Covid19 crisis. The schedule of the session was the next one:

  • Alexandre Almeida, RIS3 Coordinator at Innovation National Agency – Introduction and overview.
  • João Albuquerque, President of the Trade and Industry Association of Barcelos – The perspective of local companies.
  • Francisco Magalhaes, Comercial Director – The case of the company Mesosystem (cosmetic sector).

You can watch the recorded Webinar here

16th of June, 2020 – Valencian Community (Spain)

The session addressed the initiatives taken in the Valencian Community to overcome the Covid-19 crisis. The Valencian textile industry and the activities related to the yarn, the traditional manufacturing and the textile machinery have evolved from a survival situation into a strategic activity. That is due to the interconnection and the cooperation among the relevant actors and stakeholders from all the territory and the initiative taken by the regional authorities. The Covid-19 crisis boosted a confluence of interests that has transformed the economic environment of the region, originating a textile-sanitary cluster. This transformation brought an unexpected opportunity for the textile industry to widen their business to new markets and to establish a steady supply of medical material.

  • Julia Company, General Director of the Valencian Institute for Business Competitiveness (IVACE)
  • Rudolf Niessler, Principal Adviser of DG REGIO’s General Director 
  • Roberto Algarra, Head of Unit of Financial Advice and European Projects at IVACE
  • José Vicente Serna, General Secretary of the Textile Cluster of the Valencian Community
  • Juan Carlos López Vives, Adviser of IFX Networks

You can watch the recorded Webinar here