The Smart Specialization Project has been continuing in Ukraine since 2016. Its results are not very clear for business. While many regions have been trained, priorities have been set, teams have been formed, and there are strategies in many areas, confidence in these developments from the wider business community is relatively low.
According to the Executive Directorate of the APPAU Association, which coordinates the national movement of Industry 4.0 in Ukraine and is the curator of the development ofIAM clusters, the biggest problem is precisely the subject to which the project is aimed at –
Cooperation between science, business, government, and the public is not gaining momentum, as might be expected, but is, on the contrary, declining.
Some experts of the project convince the business that “everything is OK, everything is according to plan, important things take time, and in the EU, everything is not smooth with this project either.” At the same time, the Ukrainian problem is more profound than EU practices may seem. “While the grass grows the horse starves” – the potential of scientists and developers in many sectors of high-tech industries is rapidly diminishing. And business still does not see any significant changes in the field of innovation of these sectors.
So what is wrong with this next European project, which is being implemented with European money? Are the planned regional strategies and action plans relevant to the key challenges?
The Integration project envisages a forced scenario of creating effective innovation management teams in industrial development in four regions of Ukraine – Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Kharkiv, and Mykolayiv. Frank and сomplete answers to the questions require the mobilization of key experts both at the central and mentioned regions. To this end, the project involves relevant clusters and smart specialization key stakeholders in public debate. We may have a different way of looking at the situation, but the more reason why we should clear this up and consolidate key stakeholders around common development challenges.
A joint webinar will be launched on November 9, at which the experts will answer three main questions, which define the current context of smart specialization.
We will hear representatives of the Smart Specialization Project in Ukraine, the #ClusteRISE project of IAM clusters from Kharkiv, the Marine Industry, and Rinnohub from Mykolayiv, the instrument-engineering cluster (project) from Vinnytsia, and also from Kyiv. In addition to business representatives and scientists, representatives of the scientific community, developers, and industrial enterprises will speak.
The detailed program is being specified.
Organizers – APPAU and the Institute of Economics and Forecasting of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Time – November 9, from 16:00 to 18:30.
The webinar is free. Registration is required by following the link..