Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

East West Cluster Conference Materials, 28-31 October 2002, Udine and Grado, Italy


The OECD LEED Programme organised a major conference in collaboration with the Regional Government of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, in the framework of its project on clusters of small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) in transition economies ( Click here for more information on LEED/ CEI/ EBRD "Clusters in Transition Economies" ).

This event was organised in conjunction with the Central European Initiative and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The East West Cluster conference was held in the spirit of the Bologna Charter on SME Policies (OECD June 2000) recognising the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises and clusters in economic growth and job creation.

This event was part of a broader collaboration of the Central European Initiative (CEI) with the LEED Programme. The conference was twinned with the Annual CEI Economic Forum that took place in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 13-15 November 2002, where the results of the conference were presented.

The East West Cluster Conferencebrought together not only participants from Eastern and Western Europe, but also experts from other OECD member- as well as non-member countries. All in all, more than 200 people from more than 50 countriesparticipated. It included two days of cluster study visits to highlight their economic potential and benefits. During the remaining two days, the role of SME clusters in transition economies, as well as the internationalisation of clusters in the world economy, the role of social capital and innovation were discussed.

Conference Materials:

1) General Information

Conference Programme

List of Participants

2) Issue Papers
3) East West Perspectives Roundtable, 28 October 2002

"East-West Perspectives" by Enzo Rullani , (available in Italian and in English)

3) Workshops, 28 October 2002

5) Study Visits

Background Documents on Study Visits to Industrial Districts of Friuli Venezia Giulia, 29 - 30 October 2002

6) Cluster Presentations, 31 October 2002

7) Cluster Lessons Learned, Round Table, 31 October 2002

Cluster Lessons Learned, by Paulette Pommier, French LEED Delegate (available in French)

8) East West Cluster Conference - Outputs and Outcomes

Jan Hendeliowitz, Danish LEED Delegate


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