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4th International Conference about Clusters held in Opatija

4th International Conference about Clusters, called “Challenges and the Possibilities of Cluster Development at the Area of South-East Europe”, at which about 150 participants were assembled, among other things, 25 lecturers from 13 countries of European Communities and their future member countries, was held at the organisation of the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship at Opatija, on 16 April 2010.

The European approach to the development of clusters was presented and to the innovations with the importance of national and regional strategies of cluster with the possibility of their financing  as well as numerous examples of business joining from various countries.  The examples of clusters as the tools for the increase of export established on the knowledge at the first place, at the education and professionalism and not at the cheap labour force and economy of scale.

46 Clusters with 404 firms

The assembly was opened by Ivan Bubiæ, secretary general at the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, presenting the information that 46 clusters in Croatia contain 404 firms with totally 25 thousand employees, pointing out that with it his ministry offer the financial support to cluster initiatives at the value of 21.5 million Kuna during the period from the year 2005 to 2009. It was pointed that the Ministry, within the operative program of support to small and medium entrepreneurship, separated about 326 million Kuna for this year. For a primary stimulation  of competitiveness and innovation, it was foreseen 108 million Kuna, for entrepreneurial infrastructure 80.5 million and for credits subsidies to entrepreneurs, more than 55 million Kuna. The Government and the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship they planned, within the first export strategy, to initiate to export directed clusters at the principle of top-down what understands an active role of the State in the creation of the clusters. Therefore, in the last two years, there have been stimulated and co-financed four clusters with 7.4 million Kuna.

Network – a generator of new brands

Applying clusters as the tools for economy development shall provide for a larger degree of competitiveness and removing the problems of the fragmentation of production and insufficient production capacities and creation of the networks of entrepreneurs for purpose of creating new joint product or new global brands, concluded Mr. Bubiæ. With the possibility of learning from the best experiences and acquiring knowledge on the establishment and development of the clusters, the Conference opened a space for a direct mutual communication with other businessmen, enabling the entries to new business relations and business connections and agreements on cooperation among clusters at the nation al and international level. Brodotrogir participated at the Conference, as a founder and the member of Shipbuilding Cluster of the Splitsko-Dalmatinska County.

Prepared by: Mario Rovan, B.Sc. (participant at the conference)

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