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BALKAN-MEXICO Transnational SME Trade and Clusters Collaboration

From the 15th to the 17th of May 2017, Puerto Vallarta - Mexico hosted the 13th INSME Annual Meeting on “Improving Productivity in SMEs and Their Role in Global Value Chains”.

The Cluster House Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network would like to thank to The INSME Association and The Mexican Institute of the Entrepreneur - INADEM for giving an opportunity to the network coordinator to be present at the 13th INSME Annual Meeting which gathered over 700 participants from 68 countries.

At the 13th INSME Annual Conference Meeting conference participants discussed about specific issues that hinder SMEs from effective participation in global value chains, opportunities to enhance SMEs productivity through innovation, transferrable and measurable global best practices to catalyse growth of SMEs  and  access new channels and markets.

The conference had been opened by Mr. Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal - Minister of Economy, followed by media.

The Conference was an opportunity to explore ideas to improve SME productivity in GVCs. Policy makers from the host country Mexico and OAS (Organization of American States) member countries engage in a constructive dialogue with INSME members and innovation stakeholders to improve SMEs competitiveness through innovation.

The first session on “The Open Innovation Paradigm and the Internationalization of R&D: challenges and opportunities for SMEs” had been moderated by Dr. Hamsa Thota - President, Innovation Business Development-IBD, United States of America.


Dr. Danka Milojkovic, director of the Cluster House and a member of the Global TCI Network , was a guest speaker in the first session with a presentation on the topic “The transnational cluster collaboration platforms as a powerful tool for encouraging micro, small and medium enterprises to access to the global market” .

The Cluster House Model for SME development in developing countries and countries with transitional economies consists of the set of practically applicable tools for improving competitiveness of SMEs in the Balkan and Black Sea Region. The Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network is the cluster-based SME collaboration platform designed on value creation between academia, industry and public sector in the region.

Business collaboration in the form of clusters is an economic model which ensures decrease of costs, better access to specialised services, new technologies and new markets. The cluster-based transnational cooperation programme (further referred to as CBTCP) between beneficiary regions is contributing to the entrepreneurial-based economic development of the both regions through support of new models of business cooperation and specialisation. In this way, the programme complies with the overall regional strategic goal for strengthening economical cohesion between regions, its competitiveness and sustainable development through co-operation in the economic, social and environmental area. The CBTCP corresponds to the increasing the economic synergy in both regions and improving the capacity of joint use of potential for improving regions wellbeing and joint participation on the global market.

The CBTCP implementation ensures the aggregation and exchange of data on clusters and cluster initiatives in the both beneficiary regions; sharing of knowledge, best practices and new concepts in cluster development suitable for transfer between the partners; the networking and facilitation of inter-cluster collaboration across regions and sectors generating opportunities for business, innovation and internationalisation, with particular regard to export oriented small and medium size enterprises; exchange of experiences in building cluster initiatives in new and emerging industries, improving cluster organisation performance by training and evaluation schemes, and optimizing cluster policy towards cluster excellence and effective capitalisation of values generated by managed clustering; joint organisation of the events and projects aiming at the partners’ priorities, regional economic growth and the goals of the regional cluster development policies.

The cluster-based transnational collaboration programmes contribute to the following:

  • creation of a highly trustworthy and ethical work environment that provides long-term employment in the  specific economic sectors determined after survey;
  • reduction of the share of population living below poverty in the programme beneficiary regions;
  • Implementation of the cluster-based economic development model in the countries with transitional economies.

The CBTCP strategy is focused on improvement of the capacity, through meetings, surveys, joint web site, and promotion and business trips, of the cluster members and other stakeholders to further develop the cluster approach and practices at transnational collaboration level. The CBTCP aims at the public-private dialogue development as a pre-condition for sustainable economic development in the region. Information and publicity events for popularization of clusters in the beneficiary regions are tools for export trade collaboration improvement between both regions, involvement of new members in the existing clusters and promotion of the clusters networks created by the programme to the markets of other regions/continents.

Better chance to ELECTRICIANS for employment after graduation

ETS "Nikola Tesla" is one of the initiators of Cluster initiative in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in the Southern Serbia under the coordination of the Cluster House from Nis.

At the roundtable, students, teachers and businessmen from the area of Southern Serbia, which was held in the ETS "Nikola Tesla" in Nis on 25th May 2017, launched a three-year educational profile "electrician", developed in the framework of the German-Serbian Development Cooperation "The reform of vocational education in Serbia". With the support of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, the project implemented by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and the German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ.

Full article is available only in Serbian language.


The article is available only in Serbian language.

SERBIAN CLUSTER DAY for better business environment in South Serbia

Cluster Day in Serbia gathered more than 150 participants from

cluster organizations, partner institutions, students and young

people with the aim of contributing to the creation of better

business environment in South Serbia and acquire new knowledge

about green technologies and possibilities of cooperation between

Serbia and Denmark.

H.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen

Charge d'Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia

Serbian Cluster Day was implemented on May 11 in Nis, organized

by the Danish Embassy in Belgrade and the Serbian Cluster House,

with the support of the Faculty of Economics in Nis and the

companyYUMIS, a Cluster House member.

Members of the Cluster House Serbian Business Network officially celebrated the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Serbia greeted the guests from Denmark H.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen and President of the Assembly of the LEDIB Cluster House Mr. Carsten Lund.

At the round table on the development of SMEs in

South of Serbia discussed the possible directions of

development and getting the national and

international support for the development of SMEs

through the concept of clusters.The Agreemnet on

business and technical cooperation between the

Association Forum in Nis, mr Jovan Jovanovic

president and the LEDIB Cluster House, concerning

cooperation on projects capitalization of the civil

initiative for the preservation of historical and cultural

heritage of the City of Nis, has been signed.

Dr. Sanja Popovic Pantic, President of the Serbian Association of Business Women, proposed the creation of a cluster of production-oriented business women from the South Serbia, in the frame of the Business Women Association, due to more efficient business development through involvement in the supply chain.

Mr. Srdjan Dimitrijevic, director of the Entrepreneurial youth employment cluster Activator from Leskovac, proposed the establishment of the first Training center for entrepreneurial activation of young people in Leskovac to empower youth in Southern Serbia.

The Danish guests have been introduced with innovative products of the food processing company “Jasterbacka prica” from Merosina/Mali Jastrebac and the energy efficiacy company ELDI from Nis.

H.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen has been gifted by traditional Cluster House present “The Cluster House Lady", the result of cross-clustering between the wine producers and the Handicrafts women association.

The Serbian Cluster Day has been promotionally supported by The Global TCI Network and ECCP, as well as by representatives of the national media:

http://www.rts.rs/page/stories/sr/story/13/ekonomija/2731027/saradnja-izmedju-srbije- i-Danish-u-more-segmenata.htm

TV and radio stations, regional and City Nis portals.

The Cluster House will send the conclusions of the roundtable, prepared in the form of the Declaration of

Serbian Cluster Policy, to the Government of the Republic of Serbia and to relevant institutions.

After the roundtable, Danish-Serbian delegation visited YUMIS company, the leader in the production of

soup and powdered food products in the region. The Yumis company is still not present on the Danish

market, and this visit will contribute to more efficient connections with potential buyers / distributors.


The Serbian Cluster Day has been finished with the lecture on “State of green – the Danish way”,

given by N.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen, at the University of Nis Faculty of Economics.

The Agreement on cooperation regarding the efficient and effective cooperation between science and

practice through clusters, between the Faculty of Economics, University of Nis,

Prof. Dr Jadranka Đurović-Todorović, a dean, and the LEDIB Cluster House Union, Mr. Carsten Lund,

a president, has been signed.

The Cluster House Team is very pleased about the opportunity to host the jubilee year of cooperation between DK-RS in Southern Serbia and it would like to thank the Danish people for their generous assistance in knowledge, skills and finance to residents of Southern Serbia.

The Cluster House is a second home for Danish people in Serbia!

Photo Gallery Serbian Cluster Day 11.5.2017

 Serbian Cluster Policy Declaration_11.5.2017 Nis City.pdf


for the LEDIB Programme beneficiaries, stakeholders, business and academia  & Cluster House members


The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia & the Cluster House Nis

Supported by Faculty of Economics Nis & YUMIS company Nis




10:30 – 11:00

For guests with special invitation

Round Table discussion about the LEDIB Programme impact on the SMEs development in Southern Serbia, and business development enhancement through cooperation between science and practice supported by public sector. Address: Niš, 52 Generala Milojka Lešjanina Str.

Registration of participants

11:00 – 11:30

Round Table opening and welcome address

  • N.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen, Charge d'Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia
  • Mr. Carsten Lund, President of  The LEDIB Cluster House Union Assembly
  • Dr. Danka Milojković, Director of The Cluster House Nis and the Global TCI BofD

11:30 – 12:30

Plenary session

  • Discussion on the impact of the LEDIB Programme in Southern Serbia and local economic development after LEDIB completion
  • Cluster House role in the region as an exit strategy of the LEDIB Programme and possibilities of its further development and growth supported by the local and regional partners in order to enhance economic development and generate new jobs
  • Discussion with business people about current obstacles to boost development and to expand business activities in Southern Serbia
  • Round Table closing remarks

Moderation: Cluster House Team

13:00 – 14:30

For guests with a special invitation

Working lunch at the ethno restaurant, a member of the Cluster House

15:00 – 16:00

For guests with a special invitation

Visit to YUMIS company, a member of the Cluster Hous

16:30 – 17:30

Lecture on  State of green – the Danish way



at the University of Nis Faculty of Economics

Trg Kralja Aleksandra Ujedinitelja, Niš

N.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen

Charge d'Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia

The official language of the Cluster Day in Nis is Serbian language.

The event will be followed by national, regional and local media.

For additional information please contact the Cluster House Info Center via:

e-mail   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mobile phone +381 65- 52 07 121

Looking forward to fruitful discussion to move a step forward cluster-based economic development in Southern Serbia.