Clusters as drivers for economic cooperation in the Black Sea Region

Veritas Cluster has been invited to take part in very dynamic and diverse session “Clusters as drivers for economic cooperation in the Black Sea Region” together with representatives from Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Romania, moderated by Daniel Cosnita, CLUSTERO.

  • Iulia Costin, General director of the Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises Sector Development, Chișinău, R. of Moldova
  • Oksana Donska, Member of the Board of the UAFM, Head of the Cluster Platform, CEO of „FURNITURE OF UKRAINE BUSINESS EXPO”, Ukraine
  • Iuliia Artamonova, Managing partner of the Cluster Consulting Group, Russia
  • Rati Anjaparidze, International cluster consultant, Georgia
  • Gagik Makaryan, president of the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia
  • Fariz Ismailzade, Executive Vice Rector at ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Vedat Kunt, UNIDO Senior International Consultant for Cluster Development and Marketing in Ghana and Georgia. VEGO Consulting Co. Managing Partner, İzmir, Turkey
  • Teodora Jilkova, Founding member Veritas Cluster, CEO of Bulgarian Convention Bureau, Bulgaria
  • Andy Pușcă, Rector of Danubius University, Galați, Romania

As expected, the cluster landscape is very diverse in the Black Sea Region. Topics such as the relationship between clusters and other types of economic support instruments (industrial and free zones, business incubators, etc.); role of universities in clusters as well as the role of clusters in strengthening industrial value chains in the post-covid era have been intensively discussed.

Participants agreed to:

  • Strengthen the cluster communication in the Black Sea Region by means of organising more joint cluster events;
  • Enhancing cooperation by making use of the project opportunities such as "Clusters Go International"; 
  • Create cluster cooperation platforms on topics such as Green Development, AgroFood or Tourism.

The debate was transmitted live and can be watched or

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