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The International SME Conference is being annually organized in the Republic of Moldova to support SMEs, enhance the economic cooperation, environment and to facilitate the international exchange of knowledge and good practices.

 

In the context of the Covid-19 crisis, the strong need of commitment, coordinated efforts and actions on behalf of all stakeholders arised, as well as solidarity and long-lasting partnerships at the global level. Thus, it is important to create new business development systems, identify supporting tools and facilitate their internationalization. Considering the current global challenges, the national and international industrialization policies, the 2021 edition of the conference focuses on the role of clusters in the process of product and service innovation. The conference is taking place during 7-8 December 2021, under the title "CLUSTERS as Engines of Resilient, Digital and Green Economic Competitiveness". The event is organized by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Moldova, ODIMM and the Programme "EU4Moldova: Focal Regions", with the financial support of the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Europolis and InPulse organizations.
 

The first day highlights the role of clusters as drivers of green, digital and resilient economic competitiveness in the Republic of Moldova and will address the following topics:

·    Conceptualization of the national cluster development policies 

·    Emerging cluster initiatives in Moldova: challenges and opportunities

·    Funding opportunities for supporting cross-regional value chains

·    Towards an integration plan: best practices on mobilizing bioeconomy regional excellence 

 

The second day debates on the role of clusters in triggering circular bio-economy processes in the regions putting the emphasis on funding opportunities and best practice examples from the Danube Macro Region. It is to mention that prior to the second day of the SME Conference - the European Clusters Alliance (ECA) morning session on bio-ecoomy will take place (the link can be accessed in the agenda)

 

To participate in the event, please register on the following Registration link.

 

WELCOME

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Sergiu Gaibu

Minister of Economy
of the
Republic of Moldova

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Gintautas Baranauskas

Deputy Head of the Operations Section, European Union Delegation in the Republic of Moldova

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Dima Al-Khatib

UNDP Resident Representative
of the
Republic of Moldova

 

SPEAKERS

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Dumitru Pintea

Interim General Director
ODIMM

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Daniel Cosnita

President, Asociatia Clusterelor din Romania

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Darie Andrei

Programme Specialist, Inclusive Growth Cluster Lead, UNDP Moldova

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Ulla Engelmann

 DG GROW, European Commission

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Antonio Novo

President of the European Clusters Alliance

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Simion Berzoi

Business Development Investement Attraction Officer

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Andreea Pena

Danube Strategy Point 

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Ciprian Morcan

Transylvanian
Furniture Cluster

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Genoveva Christova

Cluster Ligna (BG)

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Costin Lianu

Bio Concept
Valea Prahovei

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Rezso Kadar

Manager of ProWood
Cluster

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Felix Arion

 AgroTransilvania
Cluster 

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Catalin Maxim

Manager
Cluster BioNest

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Cornelia Muraru Ionel

Manager
Indagro Pol

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Mirela Puiu

Manager Romanian
Textile Concept

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Boglarka Vajda

Manager
Green Energy Cluster

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Lilia Surdu

Business
Development Officer

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Mirela Bogyo

Manager Transylvania
Textile & Fashion

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Maria Gaspar

Manager
AgroFood Covasna Cluster

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Serban Stratila

Manager
ASTRICO Nord Est Cluster

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Emil-Anton COMSA

Manager Cluster
Transylvania Lands

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Carmen Nastase

Professor Universitatea Stefan cel Mare Suceava

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Sergi Costa

Project Manager, BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GbmH

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Daniel Acs

Slovak
Bioeoconomy Cluster

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Andrei Mirza

Manager Sorintex

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Prof. Dr. Ralf Kindervater

CEO and bioeconomy expert
BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH

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Zorica Maric

International Cluster Expert

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Eszter Tanka

Expert, IFKA

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Nicolo Giachino

Associate, Green Economy
and Climate Action EBRD

MODERATORS

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Viorel Miron

Europolis-International

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Oxana Paladiciuc

ODIMM

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Teodora Jilkova

Veritas Cluster (BG)

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Angela Cascaval

Europolis-International

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Gerd Meier 

CEO of the ClusterAgentur Baden-Württemberg

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Dumitru Parfentiev

Project Manager
Business Development

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Lucia Seel

International
Cluster Expert

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Ghenadie Ivascenco

Director Europolis

 


AGENDA
 

Please note that the agenda of the event is based on GMT + 2 (time is given in EET)

Sesiunea ECA (ONLY ENGLISH)

ECA Morning Session, 
9:30 – 10:30 EET


Before joining the conference on the 2nd day we recommend you to take part in the European Clusters Alliance’s Morning Session on Sustainable Bioeconomy Models.
Mrs.Oxana Paladiciuc, Head of Regional Development and Business Support Infrastructure Department, ODIMM
Mr. Sergi Costa, Project Manager, BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH

Mrs. Boglarka Vajda Manager ECA Morning Session, Green Energy Cluster
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, clusters, associations, institutions, universities, companies, social economy stakeholders and other entities, have been meeting on a regular basis to find solutions to the challenges brought to us by the crisis. 
Further details about the Morning Sessions on https://clustersalliance.eu/events/eaac-morning-discussions/
Click here to participate https://www.gotomeet.me/europeanclustersalliance


Day 2: December 8, 2021
A focus on circular bioeconomy in the Danube macro-region

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11:00 – 11:15     Keynote: Bioeconomising through clusters at regional and national level; 
Mr. Prof. Dr. Ralf Kindervater, CEO (BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH)
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11:15 -12:15    Plenary Session
Funding opportunities for supporting cross-regional bio-based value chains

    Key speakers: 
Mr. Johan Magnusson DG REGIO 
Mrs. Andreea Pena, Danube Strategy Point 
Mr. Nicolo Giachino Associate, Green Economy and Climate Action European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 

Mr. Simion Berzoi, Business Development Investement Attraction Officer
Moderator: Mrs.Teodora Jilkova, Veritas Cluster
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12:15-12:30    Q&A
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12:30-12:45    Coffee Break
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12:45 – 13:45    Panel Discussion

Towards an integration plan: best practices on mobilising bioeconomy regional excellence 
Mr. Daniel Acs, Bioeconomy Cluster Slovakia
Mrs. Eszter Tanka, expert, IFKA
Mrs. Cornelia Muraru Ionel, Manager Indagro Pol
Mrs. Genoveva Christova, Cluster Ligna 
Mrs. Zorica Maric, International Cluster Expert
Moderator: Mr. Gerd Meier zu Köcker. Clusteragentur Baden Württemberg 
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13:45-14:00    Q&A 
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14:00 – 14:30    Conclusions of the Conference and follow up 

    Key speakers: 
Mr. Sergiu Gaibu, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Moldova
Mr. Christian Ballaro, EU Delegation in Moldova
Mr.
Dumitru Pintea, Interim General Director ODIMM
Mr. Daniel Coșniță, President of the Association of Clusters from Romania
Mr. Darie Andrei, Programme Specialist, Inclusive Growth Cluster Lead, UNDP Moldova
Moderator: Mr. Dumitru Parfentiev, Project Manager Business Development
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End of the event

Day 1: December 7, 2021
A focus on the Republic of Moldova

09:15 – 09:30 - Registration of participants
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09:30 -09:50 - Opening Remarks
Mr. Sergiu Gaibu, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Moldova
Mr. Gintautas Baranauskas Deputy Head of the Operations Section, European Union Delegation in the Republic of Moldova
Mrs. Dima Al-Khatib UNDP Resident Representative to the Republic of Moldova

Moderator: Mr. Ghenadie Ivascenco, Director Europolis
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09:50 - 10:50 - Plenary Session: 
Conceptualization of the national cluster development policy: objectives and EU lessons learned 
   Key speakers: 
Mr.
Dumitru Pintea, Interim General Director ODIMM
Mrs. Ulla Engelmann, Acting Director Networks & Governance, DG GROW, European Commission
Mr. Antonio Novo, President of the European Clusters Alliance
Mr. Daniel Coșniță, President ”CLUSTERO” Association of Clusters from Romania

Moderator: Mrs. Lucia Seel, International Cluster Expert
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10:50 - 11:00    Coffee Break
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11:00 -12:20    Parallel sessions: 
Emerging cluster initiatives in Moldova: challenges and opportunities 

 

Session I: Tourism 
   Key speakers: 
Mr. Silvia Știrbeț Eco-Village Văleni of Cahul Tourism emerging Cluster
Mrs. Olga Munteanu - Reprezentative of Ungheni Tourism emerging Cluster
Mr. Emil-Anton Comsa Manager Cluster Transylvania Lands
Mrs. Carmen Nastase Universitatea "Stefan cel Mare" Suceava
Moderator: Mr. Viorel Miron, Europolis-International 
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Session 2: Agri-food
   Key speakers: 
Mr. Nicolae Minciună entrepreneur of Wine emerging Cluster form Cahul
Mrs. Zinaida Plamadeala, entrepreneur (producer of berries) of Berries emerging Cluster from Ungheni
Mr. Sergiu Tutovan entrepreneur (producer of grapes), Executive Director of the Association of Table Grapes producers from Cahul

Mr. Baltag Grigore Executive Director, National Federation of Sheperds

Mrs. Maria Gaspar Manager AgroFood Covasna cluster
Mr. Felix Arion Manager of AgroTransilvania Cluster (Cluj/Romania)
Mr. Costin Lianu Manager of Bioconcept Valea Prahovei Cluster 
Catalin Maxim Manager of BioNest Cluster (Iași, Romania)
Moderator: Mrs. Oxana Paladiciuc, ODIMM
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Session 3: Furniture
   Key speakers: 
Mr. Procopciuc Ion entrepreneur (producer of furniture) of Furniture emerging Cluster Ungheni
Mr. Rezso Kadar Manager of ProWood Cluster (Sfântul Gheorghe/ Romania)
Mr. Ciprian Morcan Manager Transylvanian Furniture Cluster
Moderator: Mrs. Angela Cașcaval, Europolis-International
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Session 4: Textile
   Key speakers: 
Mr. Petru Babenco entrepreneur of Carpet emerging Cluster from Ungheni (producer of carpets)
Mr. Andrei Marza manager Sorintex
Mrs. Mirela Bogyo, manager Transylvania Textile & Fashion
Mrs. Mirela Puiu Manager Romanian Textile Concept
Mr. Serban Stratila Manager Astrico Nord-Est
Moderator: Mrs. Lilia Surdu, Business Development Officer

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12:20 - 12:30    Coffee Break
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12:30 – 12:45    Conclusions of the day  
Moderator: Mr. Simion Berzoi,
Business Development Investement Attraction Officer
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ORGANIZERS

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PARTNERS

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CO-ORGANIZERS

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MEDIA PARTNERS

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