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Date and venue:

Thursday 13 October 2016 from 9:30h, hotel Aleksandar, Nis, Serbia



Within the accompanying business matchmaking event between Czech Republic and Serbia in Novi Sad in September 2015, under the patronage of the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, supported by the Czech and Serbian Chambers of Economy, the MoU between the Czech National Cluster Association and the Serbian Cluster House had been ceremonially signed.


The six-month project CZ-RS SME Trade Bridge, based on setting up of the trade cooperation between export oriented SMEs in Czech Republic and Serbia using the clusters as an efficient tool for transnational connections, started in May 2016.


The project is implementing in the framework of Aid for Trade Programme – Serbia, co-funded by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, the Check Development Agency, the Serbian Cluster House and non-financially supported by the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia and the Czech Embassy in Belgrade.


The Forum will gather 12 representatives of the Czech clusters and companies in the following areas:


EU funded projects. Food processing. Wellness and Health Tourism. Metal sector. Machinery industry. Packaging, chemical industry, bio medicine, recycle industry/waste collection and treatment.  Energetics, ecology, oil and gas processing. Wood-processing, Furniture production. Nanotechnology - Agriculture and Food Industry , Chemical Industry (Plastic Material Production) , Textile industry – functionalized membranes, application of special composite Nano fibrous yarns.


After four months’information, promotion and identification SMEs and clusters who are interested in cooperation with Czech business partners in Nis, the center for setting up business cooperation between the both countries, the Cluster House will host over 60 SMEs and clusters in Serbia and contribute to over 30 B2B, C2B and C2C matchmaking meetings


Welcome to Nis to jointly building the cluster-based SME Trade between Czech Republic and Serbia, countries with  traditionally good cooperation.


Please find to the attachment Forum Agenda and the B2B, B2C and C2C Meetings Schedule.


AGENDA_CZ-RS FORUM in Nis 13.10.2016

C2C C2B B2B meetings



The best way to predict the future is to create it. For the seventh time the Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Family contributed to creation of better future in the region supporting the DAYS OF CLUSTERS 2016 in Ohrid, from 22-24 September.

The City of Ohrid was the city of clusters in the Balkans 2016 providing the great opportunity to cluster actors to exchange knowledge and experience, meet each other, create new partnerships and all of those together with enjoying in Macedonian hospitality, delicious food, wine, history, nature and music.

This year’s conference gathered over 150 cluster-based economic development experts, academicians and cluster experts from the 5 continents: Asia, Australia with Oceania, North America, Africa and Europe; 27 countries had been involved in the practitioners and academic tracks preparation and implementation: New Zealand, South Korea, USA, Malawi, Australia, France, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Tunisia, Montenegro, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Check Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, BiH, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Macedonia and Serbia.

One of the most important conference achievemnet is the signing of the grand transnational Agreement oN Cooperation  between the South Korea and the Balkan Black Sea Cluster Family with friends, initiated by Dr. Danka Milojkovic, Cluster House Director and the Global TCI Network Board of Directors Member. Representatives from clusters organizations from Hungary, Bulgaria, BiH, Croatia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Romania, Macedonia, Albania and Slovenia signed the MoU with the Keimyung University Daegu South Korea , Prof. dr. Geunwoo Ryu, Dean and an initiator of the Global  TCI Network Asia with Oceania Chapter. The general objective of the Agreement is bridging the transnational regions closer based on the socio-economic R&D twinning programmes development.

The candidates for the Days of Clusters 2017 are Albania, Slovenia and Hungary.

The Cluster House is looking forward to see you for 365 days in new beautiful place in the amaising BBS Region, to continue with the joint mission –  cluster synergy for happy people in the region

DofC 2016 Report

TCI Newsletter


Dear Cluster Friends,

We have pleasure to inform you that at the VII Balkan and Black Sea Conference Days of Clusters 2016: Creating Cluster-Based Economic Development for a Sustainable Region, from 22 - 24 September 2016, in Ohrid, Macedonia, during the first conference day we will organize the cluster development INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP facilitated by Mr. IFOR FFOWCS-WILLIAMS, trainer, coach and mentor in cluster-based economic development from New Zealand and the Global TCI Network Advisory’s Board member.

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP, September 22, from 16:45 to 18:15h + one-to-one consulting/mentoring during 2-days conference and wine study cluster trip.

Cluster development in practice requires a team approach. No individual has all the information, or all the answers.

Dialogue is needed, with business + public agencies + academia integrating their information and experiences to collaboratively establish forward agendas.

This conference workshop will follow this format. It will be very interactive, not a lecture, with structured conversations enabling participants to share their learnings ... and headaches.

During this workshop, discussions in small groups will include:

  • Successes and difficulties with your clustering initiative
  • Identifying obstacles
  • Exploring solutions

Following each small group discussion there will be plenary feedback. Ifor will be drawing on his own experiences in responding to the questions that emerge during the workshop. Some discussions may relate to the Twelve Step cluster development process that Ifor has developed (see attached).

Who should attend? The workshop is designed for cluster managers, cluster directors, cluster support organisations and policy agencies.

Workshop facilitator, Ifor Ffowcs-Williams

Ifor is CEO, Cluster Navigators Ltd, New Zealand. He is acknowledged as one of the most influential cluster practitioners in the world. Ifor has trained cluster managers in over 50 countries.

He has advised The World Bank, EU, OECD, UNDP, international aid agencies and national & regional economic development agencies on six continents.

Ifor is a Founder and Past President of TCI - The Global Clusters and Innovation Practitioners Network, Barcelona.

Ifor is the author of ‘Cluster Development: The Go-To Handbook’, the first comprehensive guide to the What? the Why? and the How? of cluster engagement.

If you are interested to be conference participants, we kindly ask you to register your participation via link: www.daniklastera.clusterhouse.rs since the number of participants is limited.


Days of Clusters 2016 - registration ongoing

Would you want to leave and work in better business environment?
Join the Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Family in Ohrid from September 22-24.
Conference registration is still on going.
Only 15 days are until the beginning of the conference.
See you in Ohrid - city of clusters in the Balkans in 2016.