The Smart Specialisation approach requires looking beyond national/regional boundaries. A country or region should be able to identify its competitive advantages through systematic comparisons with other territories, mapping their national and the international context in search of examples to learn from, or to mark a difference with, and performing effective benchmarking. Moreover, each country/region should be able to identify relevant linkages and flows of goods, services and knowledge revealing possible patterns of integration with partner regions. This is important in the case of both developed and less developed countries/ regions that would often require to source know-how and technology from elsewhere.
This section aims at illustrating the main contributions of the S3 Platform towards the implementation of smart specialisation concept in non-EU countries and regions. This space will briefly showcase initiatives, good practices, strategies and roadmaps taking place in other latitudes as a way to allow the establishment of cooperation bridges between specialised territories.