Smart Specialisation in EU and Chile, common challenges and opportunities
The Smart Specialisation Platform organised the Policy learning dialogue: Smart Specialisation in EU and Chile, common challenges and opportunities. The objective of the event was to learn from experiences and challenges associated to the implementation of the smart specialisation concept in the European Union and Chile. The workshop counted on the participation of Smart Specialisation Platform staff and 22 Chilean officials representing Corfo, Conycit, and Regional Authorities of Tarapacá, Atacama, Biobio and O'Higgins.
As main conclusion, participants learnt from smart specialisation experiences in EU and Chile in terms of the concept, process and implementation. Although the existence of differentiated conditions and contextual factors to implement Smart Specialisation in EU and Chile (e.g. regulation, funding, decentralisation vs centralisation); common aspects appearing in both processes are: (1) bottom-up dialogues among actors of innovation eco-systems leading to identify priorities of specialisation, (2) targeted investments and (3) deep concern on the relevance of good governance and cooperation within and outside a region. Cooperation and synergies would be explored by National and regional bodies of both EU Member States and Chile according to pre-identified domains of specialisation and Global Value Chains approach.