Smart Specialisation for Regional Growth in Georgia and the forthcoming Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP)

  • 31 May 2022
  • Akaky Tsereteli State University (ATSU), Kutaisi

Georgia is one among five Eastern Partnership countries that have expressed interest in applying Smart Specialisation approach. Georgia have taken important actions by mobilising national and regional Smart Specialisation teams, launching S3 in the pilot Imereti region, completing series of studies for mapping economic and innovative potentials of the region, and by identifying the most perspective domains for Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP). 

This event aims at raising awareness on Smart Specialisation and its core component - EDP as well as to present main findings based on the mapping analysis on existing economic and innovative data and to discuss related further plans.

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31 May 2022

  1. 11.30 - 12.00
    Registration of participants
  2. 12.00 - 12.15
    Opening Remarks
    • Mzia Giorgobiani, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia (MRDI)
    • Zviad Shalamberidze, State Trustee in Imereti Region 
    • EU Delegation to Georgia (TBC)
  3. 12.15 - 12.35
    The Smart Specialisation (S3) Framework in the EU Neighbouring Region and in Georgia - its role in economic transformation and innovation-driven growth
    • Nikola Radovanovic and Manuel Gonzalez Evangelista, European Commission, Directorate General Joint Research Centre, Directorate B – Growth & Innovation; Smart Specialisation in EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Region
  4. 12.35 - 12.50
    Prerequisites for piloting S3 platform in Georgia and the current state of play
    • Revaz Kakulia, Head of European Integration Department, Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia (MRDI)
  5. 12.50 - 13.10
    Results of recent Qualitative Study on Imereti S3 Priority Domains
    • Zviad Archuadze, JRC Local Expert
  6. 13.10 - 13.30
    International experience - cases from other countries/regions
    • Nino Damenia, JRC International Expert 
  7. 13.30 - 13.50
    Initiated EDP plan, its practical aspects and implications for Imereti S3 Strategy
    • Kasia Kaczkowska, JRC International Expert
  8. 13.50 - 14.00
    Q&A / Concluding remarks
    • MRDI & EDP Imereti Management Team
  9. 14:00 – 15:00
    Lunch (tbc)

Practical Information

31 May 2022

Akaky Tsereteli State University (ATSU), Kutaisi

Registration Information

By invitation only


Smart Specialisation (S3) platform developed for higher impact of the research and innovation investments for knowledge-based economic transformation of EU countries has been met with a lot of interest also beyond the EU and its Cohesion Policy. Its successful application requires institutional capacity and commitment on the public administration side; good evidence base showing economic, innovative and scientific potential at regional level; open dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders representing business, academia and civic society and viable monitoring, financing and implementation systems.