RCI Steering Committee 2013: Capacity Building Pilot Projects

 

The Investment Compact supported each economy to innovate and develop their human capital through pilot projects that provided analytical support, policy guidance, capacity building and implementation support.

 

In Albania, entrepreneurs were inspired to innovate and establish new businesses through the Albania Business Plan Competition. From business plan submissions, three entrepreneurs were chosen to receive OECD support to launch their business plans in the form of business consulting support, feasibility studies, and market research assistance.

 

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, collaboration in the agro-food sector was supported through Triple Helix Partnerships between the private sector, researchers and local government. Following a series of seminars to explore the Triple Helix approach, particpants submitted proposals for collaborative innovation projects. Three projects were chosen to receive implementation support from the OECD.

 

In Croatia, Kosovo* and FYR Macedonia, the Investment Compact supported the development of each economy’s National Innovation Strategy. In depth research on national innovation systems was carried out, and guidelines and action plans developed to help governments build and implement the strategies.

 

In Montenegro, the Investment Compact developed a model for an SME Voucher Scheme with the Directorate for SMEs, Ministry of Economy, and other stakeholders from the business and academic community. The results of the pilot project led to a voucher scheme being launched by the Montenegrin government in July 2012.

 

In Serbia, the feasibility of Establishing a Competence Techonology Centre in the biomedicine and agri-food sectors was explored by the OECD and the Serbian government. A review of centres OECD was conducted, followed by research within Serbia. It was concluded that there was potential for a biomedicine oriented technology centre in Serbia, and the work from this project will be used by the Ministry of Finance and Economy to advance national competitiveness projects in these sectors.

 

 

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence. Hereafter referred as Kosovo.