Round table "Smart specialization: the result of cooperation between government, business and science"

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On March 23 Svitlana Chrom, deputy director of PU “Kryvyi Rih Institute for the Development of the City", participated in the round table "Smart Specialization: the result of cooperation between government, business and science" as a member of the expert group "Development of economic potential on an innovative basis".

The event was organized by the Department of Economic Development of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast State Administration and the Dnipropetrovsk Center for Local Self-Government Development.

Representatives of Ukrainian Institute of International Policy provided information on the research and innovation strategy for Smart Specialization, and also considered the following issues:

- What is Smart Specialization and how it works in the EU;

- How added value chains are created based on Smart Specialization;

- How to find your uniqueness and the possible role of agriculture and tourism in the development of the region;

- The role of innovation and science in the development of the region;

- How clusters, technological parks and business incubators are related to Smart Specialization.

During the round table Alexei Psaryov (Deputy Director of the Department of Economic Development of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast State Administration) drew attention to the fact that it is difficult to implement the following regional priorities without dialogue with the business and the public: joint determination of oblast development priorities (uniqueness and advantages), strategic and operational objectives of the region's development, which projects are useful for the realization of regional priorities, experience of using innovative solutions in the field: clusters, patents, business incubators, technological parks, scientific developments and research, and available tools for communication with universities and businesses in the area.

The new conditions ensured by implementation of Smart Specialization contribute to creating new leadership, responsibility and active citizen engagement at the local level to better manage their own communities and meet their local needs. In Kryvyi Rih, the Lifelong city, this is especially relevant.