Clusters with a Relevant Role in the Green and Digital Transition in Post-pandemic Recovery of the Economy

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The PORTUGALClusters Partnership, together with IAPMEI, organized on December 11th, the National Cluster Meeting 2020 in webinar format.

The event had 297 participants, including companies, entities from the scientific and technological system and public administration.

This year, motivated by the current conjuncture and by the environmental and digitalization challenges, the theme of the conference was: “THE ROLE OF CLUSTERS IN THE FRAME OF THE GREEN AND DIGITAL TRANSITION IN THE POST-PANDEMIC RECOVERY OF THE ECONOMY”.


“The role of Clusters is essential in the Collective Efficiency capabilities and in supporting companies as protagonists of change”, said João Neves, Assistant Secretary of State and Economy at the Opening Session of the event.

Professor António Costa e Silva, Coordinator of the Economic and Social Recovery Program 2020-2030, reinforced “the role of Clusters in national recovery”, affirming the importance of their position in the new economic cycle, in aggregation, in training, bringing together companies and other relevant stakeholders for the development of products with high added value and with strong and transversal competencies.

At the round table, moderated by José Carlos Caldeira, member of the board of INESCTEC and the High Level Group of the Manufuture Platform, the topic “The role of clusters in the context of the green and digital transition in the post-pandemic recovery of the economy” was discussed. Under the Vision “The role of Clusters in boosting the national economy”, Rui Tocha, representing PORTUGALclusters, referred to the interclusterization dynamics promoted by the partnership, reinforcing the role of Clusters in the aggregation, surveillance and monitoring of ecosystems.

The Coordination and Regional Development Commissions of the North, Center, Alentejo, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo and Algarve Regions, represented by Raquel Meira, Eduardo Anselmo Castro, Hélder Guerreiro, Nuno Bento and Aquiles Marreiros respectively, referred to the importance of Clusters in the implementation of the Regional Intelligent Specialization Strategies, as well as in the articulation of public policies between regions and the strengthening of “regional instruments to support clustering in the economic recovery process”.

Nuno Mangas, President of COMPETE2020, mentioned Clusters as mobilizing agents for the reindustrialization of the national economic fabric, João Dias, Director of AICEP, highlighted the importance of Clusters in the internationalization of their value chains and Nuno Gonçalves, representing the Board of Directors of IAPMEI, considered the Clusters “the armed arm of the Ministry of Economy to implement public policies in the industry and important for the operationalization of financial resources in the coming years.

“We are pleased with the participation and the quality of the interventions carried out during the conference, which greatly contributed to reinforce the importance of the activity of the clusters, as entities that aggregate and drive innovation, digitization, sustainability and stimulate the development of added high-value business projects” said Rui Tocha.

The PORTUGALClusters Partnership is a network of Portuguese clusters recognized by the Portuguese government that was formed voluntarily in 2011, meeting periodically to share experiences, discuss issues of common interest and boost projects between different value chains that the clusters represent.

On February 23, 2017, 20 Competitiveness Clusters were recognized, of which 18 are part of the partnership, adding 2104 entities and mobilizing 77 National partnerships and 91 International partnerships.

The managing entities of the Clusters that are part of the PORTUGALClusters Partnership have capitalized, in the last 10 years, 206 million euros of investment in projects.

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