Smart Specialisation in EU and Chile, challenges and opportunities. Towards a transcontinental policy learning dialogue methodology.
The Smart Specialisation approach is being an inspirational driver of regional innovation not only within the European Union but beyond. This paper elaborates on the Policy Learning Dialogue: Smart Specialisation in EU and Chile which took place at the Joint Research Centre, Seville (21st November 2016). The article showcases policy reflections and outcomes derived from a fruitful discussion between practitioners of regional innovation strategies in EU and Chile, smart specialisation platform staff and experts. This policy dialogue was part of the activities carried out by the smart specialisation platform aiming at providing evidence-based support to policy makers and stakeholders of smart specialisation through common reflections focused on cooperation dynamics and joint learning.
The smart specialisation concept promotes the enhancement of territorial capacities by maximizing innovation with and from local resources, players and know-how. In the context of developing countries, S3 related-action contributes to the international efforts to promote sustainable development and innovation. In this regard, globalisation trends appear as a challenge that can be harnessed with target investments at regional level, favouring innovation and moving up value chains to stimulate private investments (European Commission, 2017).
The authors would like to express their gratitude to Chilean delegation participants: Soledad Valiente, Carla Contreras, Pablo González, Paulina Saravia (CORFO), Wanda García (CONICYT), Francisco Ramirez (SUBDERE), Maria Angélica Jimenez, Claudia Lorena Martinovic (SERCOTEC), Maria del Carmen Icaza (Foundation for the agricultural innovation), Geraldine Fuentealba (Regional government O’Higgins), Catalina Faundez (Regional government Aysén), Jorge Balboa (Regional Government Los Rios), Pedro González, Rodrigo Eliecer Loyola (Regional Government El Maule), Victor Torres Jara (Regional Government Bío Bío), Juan Carlos Treiman (Regional Government Atacama).