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Policy Analysis and Formulation

Participative Ecosystems for fostering the revitalization of rural-urban cooperation through governing Danube Circular-Bioeconomy.

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The project addressed the fundamental challenge of CDI manufacturing sector by facilitating the implementation of competitiveness initiatives and promoting investment in higher value-added project, and integration to GVC. The main objective is to develop Plastic Sectors competitiveness strategy and action plan with embedding circular thinking into the definition of plastics sectors competitiveness. This involved undertaking deep-dive analysis in the priority sectors to understand market need and CDI positioning towards competitors. The project provides strategic opportunities informed by markets and cirucular economy approach. The project includes assessment of plastics sectors market industry attractiveness in applications such as consumer goods, constructions, agriculture and options to build circular economy ecosystem. This entail work with recycling sector and eco-friendly alternatives and focused on the formulation of private sector initiatives dedicated to enabling recycling programs and procedures in the plastics sector with applications in consumer goods, agriculture, construction, shoes. This include investments for eco design, recycling, using plastic trash for building material, packaging, plastic culture and alike.

The effort included approaches to enable recycling programs and to combat lagoon littering. Examples of short-term outcomes include the use of the lagoon’s macro waste, recycled plastic bricks, support of recycling efforts of UNICEF, Veolia and startups like Recyplast and Coliba in the collection and sorting of plastic waste as well as ongoing recycling of agriculture plastic products. Efforts entailed direct contact with multinational corporations like BASF, Nestle and Coca Cola among other large, medium and small enterprises involved in the sector. e successfully established a working relationship with these international firms as well as with Ivorian governmental institutions, civil society, development partners and NGOs. This led to the establishment of the Agency for Plastic Waste (AIVP) along with various public – private initiatives for managing severe Lagoon plastic pollution. AIVP gathers multiple and multi-level stakeholders needed to cope with plastic littering in Ivory Coast.

The project was part of the Invest in Africa Cote d’Ivoire program implemented by the WBG and funded by USAID.

The present “Study on Available Funding Opportunities for Bioeconomy in the Alpine Region” was produced within the framework of the AlpGov project and the Sub-Group “Cluster & Bioeconomy.” It provides an overview of current and upcoming funding opportunities on Bioeconomy that reply to SMEs in this sector. The geographical focus of this study is the Alpine Region. The study serves as input for the preparation of a Bioeconomy Master Plan to strengthening the Bioeconomy along transnational value chains. Considering the persistent need for public investment in R&D&I on one side, but acknowledging the comparable complex and not well-aligned funding landscape on the other hand, this study provides an overview of EU, national/regional, and private funding opportunities focusing on relevant fields of Bioeconomy. The study collects and analyses information on existing funding schemes as well as areas where funding opportunities are missing. Based on this analysis, the current document provides recommendations for future fields of funding that should be provided, with a particular focus on SME support.

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The study aims to prepare a Synchronized Funding Scheme for Bioeconomy within the Alpine Region. It is part of the efforts within the AlpGov project (Sub-Group “Cluster & Bioeconomy”). The report provides an overview of the extent to which the Alpine regions have defined the Bioeconomy as a priority in their Smart Specializations Strategies and have defined entry points for transnational cooperation. It highlights the existing funding gap as well as ways, how transnational support schemes can work to close this gap. The report serves as an input for the preparation of a Synchronized Scheme – Bioeconomy Master Plan – to strengthening the Bioeconomy along the transnational value chains in the Alpine region.

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INSPIRED is funded by the EU and the Government of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The Contracting Authority is the Ministry of Industries, which is the main beneficiary. Other Beneficiaries are the SME Foundation and the Bangladesh Bank. The Programme is aimed at supporting the development of SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) in Bangladesh which includes:

 

  • Deliver a multi-sectoral and inter-ministerial national strategy and action plan for SME development which addresses all aspects of SME support including improving the business environment in line with accepted international best practice;
  • Develop a strengthened national capacity to plan and implement SME development;
  • Establish effective SME networking mechanisms aimed at sharing best practice;
  • Provide a SME Competitiveness Grant Scheme of €6.5m to Business Intermediary Organizations in the following sectors: agro-processing, natural fibers, leather, plastics, light engineering, electronics, furniture and textiles;
  • Support clusters by using value chain development initiatives that seek to increase SME competitiveness in agreed sectors and provide capacity building to business intermediary organizations (BIOs) in lobbying, advocacy, networking, public-private sector dialogue and the provision of business development services (BDS) to their members.

MottMacdonald led the projct. Anteja lead the cluster component, including value chain mapping and capacity building of SME Foundation.

Anteja ECG performed the first independent assessment of the Competitiveness Industrial Innovation Program (CIIP) of the World Bank Group. The Mid-Term Review (MTR) was served to assess the present state of the CIIP program design and structure as well as progress on the implementation of its project efforts and activities. The MTR assessed CIIP’s program design and structure as well as the implementation of its Country Operations Projects and Knowledge Management Projects respectively. In addition, the MTR examined CIIP’s to date so as to draw key lessons and to make recommendations for improvements in management and implementation processes.

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Technical Assistance for the Capacity Building of the National SME Support Infrastructure and the Preparation of the Bangladesh National SME Development Strategy as well as the Management of the SME Competitiveness Grant Scheme” (INSPIRED Component 1 and 2b); EU funded program; EuropeAid/130016/C/SER/BD. This Technical Assistance (TA) program aimed at ensuring, under Component 1, an adequate policy and strategy for SME development is established and that that key institutions such as the Small and Medium Enterprise Cell (SMEC) of the Ministry of Industries (MoI) and the Small and Medium Enterprise Foundation (SMEF) have adequate capacity and clear roles and responsibilities to support the SME development. Furthermore, under Component 2, the program aimed at strengthening some of the Business Intermediary Organizations, thus, allowing them to better support their members, increase their membership and work upon behalf of their sector”, and support private sector development, in particular facilitate the development of dynamic clusters with efficient backward and forward linkages.

Anteja led the development of the SME Cluster Development Policy, promote linkages, networks and clustering of SMEs on a sector-specific basis. This includes advice on value chain development, training for policymakers and the SME Foundation staff, benchmarking of cluster related organizations, institutional needs assessment analysis for cluster development and development of Cluster Strategy and financial support mechanisms.

CLUSTERIX 2.0 addressed the improvement of regional innovation policies through making better use of clusters. The evaluation was based on benchmarking that explored the role of the regional cluster excellence portfolio to provide inputs for development and testing innovation models. Assignment included documentary review and analysis of key features of Smart Specializations Strategies and cluster programs. It also involved analysis of the policy making process, the program development and the implementation process against regional economic objectives and benchmarking of selected clusters.Additional activities consisted of preparation and implementation of interviews , peer review workshops and identification of good practice and tools for S3 implementation via clusters.

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Maintaining and improving the competitiveness in innovation capacity of clusters in the CENTRAL EUROPE, regarding changing and emerging market demands and fostering the inclusion of cross-cutting issues like internationalization, technology-transfer and gender equality in innovation proceses

The CluStrat project reinforced the proposition that clusters play an important role in  facilitating innovation and contributing to development of industrial sectors to exploit today ́s emerging markets. The project provided a  policy framework to support the development of emerging industries by enhancing the innovation capacity and competitiveness of the clusters in the Central Europe area. The aim was to develop policies that enable existing clusters in established or emerging branches and technologies to exploit new markets. To achieve this, Key Enabling Technologies (KET) and Emerging Industries (EI) had  to be cross-linked with the established and traditional technologies / industries.

This project was implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF, considered as part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

Services provided:

  • Mapping of existing clusters and clustering programmes
  • Analysis of sectors and research activities and specification of action areas of Smart Specialization Strategy and emerging industries
  • Providing inputs on Slovenian position and future possibilities in national/regional cluster policy development
  • Policy advice on cluster role in emerging industries
  • Policy advice on strategy, policy tools and mechanisms to support emerging industries.
  • Review of evaluation reports on pilot actions for Advanced Materials, Smart Ambient/Housing and Zero Energy Building
  • Developing action plans for pilot actions in Advanced Materials, Smart Ambient/Housing and Zero Energy Building

Development of Clustering Policy Project

This  project was designed  to set up a comprehensive Clusters policy to contribute to the achievement of  sustainable economic, social and environmental development in the country.

Development of Clustering Policy Project was launched to form a base for a national Clusters policy by supporting the competitive sectors in the  country and  to contribute to the development of a competitive structure for ensuring a sustainable increase in export rates. The project was planned to last for 2 years  financed by the EU funds with a budget of 6 Million Euros within the scope of the EU Instrument for Pre-acession Assistance.

Services provided:

  • Competiveness assessment of selected clusters, mapping of clusters, value chains, and relationships between stakeholders.
  • Sector and sub-sector studies (growth potential, opportunities for FDI)
  • Analysis of the business environment, existing programs, initiatives.
  • Policy design, strategy development and elaboration of initiatives aiming at improving competitiveness institutional strengthening (training courses and on-the-job training)
  • Organization and implementation of study visits  and promotion missions
  • Analysis of existing support mechanisms, policy tools and instruments and the design of new tools
  • Conducting analysis of institutions and recommend structural changes
  • Design and conducting stakeholder analysis, training needs assessment, developing the curriculum and delivering training
  • Evaluation of pilot clusters
  • Direct assistance to SMEs and institutions on developing cluster road maps

Cross-Border Clusters

The ICON project is aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the border area between Slovenia and Italy. The main purpose of the project was the integration of SMEs, business support organizations and other business actors by the transfer of knowledge and technology, promotion of innovation and development of common services. This shall lead to the improvement of the cooperation and performance of the SMEs in the border area, increase the awareness and interest for investing in the border area.

 Services provided:

  • Capacity-building and training for innovation and business support organizations to train them on tools and approaches for innovation and technology policy , clustering and cross-border networking.
  • Strategic advice for establishment of regional network of clusters and other networks,
  • Strategy and Action Plan preparation; Guidelines for iCON Business Networks,
  • Revision of 8 network strategy papers and actions in order to ascertain  if they support the successful and sustainable development of the networks,
  • Set up monitoring Concept of iCON Business Networks,
  • Guidelines for sustainable development of iCON networks.

Competitiveness Agenda For Southeast Anatolia Region

In a project for the Government of Turkey, funded by UNDP, Anteja professionals worked with a team of international experts to design a vision, strategy and action plan for Southeast Anatolia region of Turkey. The competitiveness agenda was designed as an effort to develop a framework for transforming the region’s economy. The Competitiveness Agenda charts a new sustainable economic direction for the region and develop a cohesive framework for its further elaboration and implementation.

Anteja’s experts developed recommendations for a significant shift in policy, featuring a public/private partnership approach, intensive internationalization program, and regional branding as the emerging world’s leading renewable energy & organic product center (e.g. organic food products and cotton for baby clothes). Additional recommendations  on applied technology centers and privatization of significant portions of the irrigation system. The potential for ecologically sustainable hotels and tourist attractions was   central to the plan.

  • Competiveness assessment of agricultural and food processing, textile, and tourism sectors.
  • Training needs assessment, development of training curriculum and delivery of cluster specific training
  • Fact Finding to build a better understanding of the business environment in the region.
  • Competitiveness Analysis (desk research, interviews, focus groups)
  • Facilitation of workshops with high-level government and business leaders
  • Development of a comprehensive local economic development strategy with focus on green innovation
  • Development of specific strategies for areas under focus
  • Providing policy advice to regional administration

Anteja’s  experts provided policy advice in various projects related to science, technology, innovation projects.

Biopolymers For Emerging Industries

Poly4EmI project addresses the challenges of Slovenia’s innovation policy through developing a new policy model for a more systemic approach to stimulating development of biopolymer industry. The existing policies and policy instruments do not provide the framework conditions for biopolymer industry and clusters to develop at scale and speed required for addressing the bio-based material needs of bio-economy. This calls for policy makers to play a more active role than in the past in setting suitable framework conditions to support cluster dynamic and new forms of international and cross-regional cooperation models.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Sports lead the consortium composed by

Anteja experts work with the automotive cluster in Slovenia to  provide advice on overall project design and implementation; design and implemention of peer review and stress test with peer regions/clusters. The Anteja team also works to conduct benchmarking of clusters, and to facilitate cross-cluster cooperation for  creating new business opportunities ,  international cross-cluster platform  and inputs for  road mapping.

This project was a follow-up activity of the Biopolymer Workshop ‘Setting-up of a bio-based industry in Mauritius’ organised by CBBR in May 2013. The need to establish an innovation policy was recommended as a top priority for Mauritius. The main aim of the ANIS Workshop is to provide a neutral screening of the current status of the entire Mauritian Innovation System and its main determinants for the emergence of “Knowledge- Based Industries” (ex: Agricultural Biotech, Ocean Industry, Life Industry…). A sufficient understanding of these determinants and how they can be addressed in the future for further improvements is very important in order to assure long-term competitiveness and innovation capability of all the key stakeholders and actors of the Mauritian innovation system. Project was led by VDI/VDE-IT Institute for Innovation and Technology, Berlin, Germany in cooperation with ANDI Centre of Excellence for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR).

This project was a follow-up activity of the Biopolymer Workshop ‘Setting-up of a bio-based industry in Mauritius’ organised by CBBR in May 2013. The need to establish an innovation policy was recommended as a top priority for Mauritius. The main aim of the ANIS Workshop is to provide a neutral screening of the current status of the entire Mauritian Innovation System and its main determinants for the emergence of “Knowledge- Based Industries” (ex: Agricultural Biotech, Ocean Industry, Life Industry…). A sufficient understanding of these determinants and how they can be addressed in the future for further improvements is very important in order to assure long-term competitiveness and innovation capability of all the key stakeholders and actors of the Mauritian innovation system. Project was led by VDI/VDE-IT Institute for Innovation and Technology, Berlin, Germany in cooperation with ANDI Centre of Excellence for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR).

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Value Chains Analysis and development

We have worked with GIZ and its partners in setting up a blockchain technology solution for speciality Rwandan coffee grown by female farmers. The goal is better traceability and transparency in the supply chain, increasing farmers’ income, and empowering women. Our work combined mapping and technical implementation. First, the value chain was mapped from women coffee growers to end consumers of the coffee in Germany to define the visual prototype concept and prioritization of functionality. Technical implementation includes several rounds of iterations to bring the MVP prototype, the beta version, and the final solution, result of which is an open-source blockchain-based track and trace system. The system provides blockchain verified information on provenance and sustainability attributes to members of the value chain and consumers. The application also allows the German company to demonstrate their compliance with upcoming EU legislation on supply chain transparency.

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The aim of the Smart SME’s project is to understand to what extent SME’s that produce, process and apply natural fibres use digitalization tools and approaches. The project will also evaluate obstacles that prevent SME’s from exploiting the full potential of digital solutions. An international consortium for the project has been formed, comprising Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science University of Maribor and partners from Italy, Lower Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland.

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Bringing circular economy to the farmers in rural Alpine Region for sustainable growth

Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (Maps) Are Botanical Raw Materials That Are Used For Therapeutic, Aromatic Or Culinary Purposes As Components Of Cosmetics, Medicinal Or Foods Products.

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The AlpLinkBioEco project (start date April 2018) is based on a coherent intervention logic.

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Assignement was part of the analytical work program which aims to support job creation and improving competitiveness in Tunisia, the value chains and jobs study with a focus on the North-West region of Tunisia was conducted. The value chains and jobs study enabled a thorough understanding of the targeted value chains while also quantifying the nature of jobs and skills requirements along the targeted value chains, as well as the network of relationships across the chain, the opportunities and challenges firms are facing, as well as their strategic responses. The project generated a full mapping of all critical components of the Olive oil and PAMs value chain; provided a sampling strategy that ensures relevant, robust, and representative data collection. Qualitative and quantitative survey was conducted.

This assignment contributed to the identification and design of programs in Tajikistan for the creation of more and better-quality jobs. The project generated a full mapping of all critical components of the specified value chain. It provided a sampling strategy that ensures relevant, robust, and representative data collection. It assessed the enterprise-level dynamics of value chain interactions, labor use, and the drivers or constraints to firm growth, investment, and job creation. This was done via a firm-level survey and complementary semi-structured interviews with main stakeholders. These activities stimulated systematic policy dialogue on the business environment and to help shape the agenda for reform.

The primary objective of this assignment was to conduct a competiveness assessment for the fruit and vegetable value chains. The assignment encompassed a rapid analysis of the fruit and vegetable value chains along with the identification of 3 priority products, a detailed industry level competitive analysis of selected value chains and selection of the most competitive products. One major target was to identify main barriers and constraints that prevent the selected products value chains from being more competitive in the international market. This was followed by recommendations to overcome said barriers and constraints. The assignment consisted of desk research and mobilization of a range of sources. These include export and industrial statistics, market trend analysis, benchmarking to selected comparator countries, best practices and expert opinions. Additionally, the work involved qualitative individual interviews and focus groups.

Full Assessment in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The project seeks to contribute to the overall objective of the Bosnia Investment Climate Project, implemented by the IFC., Objective  is to increase the competitiveness of BH by assisting the authorities at all four levels in the country to reduce the administrative burden for business, increase exports in key export sectors in BH, attract more FDI, and finally, to achieve investment climate reform and assure BH the successful process of joining EU. The overall objective was to contribute to the competitiveness improvement of the three most promising agribusiness value chains (fruits & vegetables, meat and dairy) in BH and entities by assessing their present competitiveness and determining the main barriers and constraints which prevent those agribusiness sectors from being more competitive in the international market.

Project was funded by IFC WB.

Services provided:

  • Rapid analysis of the agribusiness sector as a whole in order to validate the selection of the three priority agribusiness value chains (VCs) – fruits & vegetables, meat and dairy as the most competitive agribusiness sectors.
  • Initial Sector Competitiveness Appraisal and Comparison in order to identify latent competitive advantages that can be turned into a manifest competitive advantage.
  • Detailed industry-level competitive analysis in order to:
  1. assess the performance gaps and potential throughout the VC for each of the priority sectors,
  2. identify policy and regulatory constraints determining the performance gaps and preventing each VC from reaching its full potential in terms of productivity increases, exports, investments and job creation.
  • Ranking the constraints within VCs.
  • Identifying the VCs with strongest competitiveness potential in both entities and in BH as a whole.
  • Detailed assessment of the three VCs, and recommendations for specific actions for the most competitive VC per entity.

IFC to Assess Azerbaijani Horticulture Commercial Prospects

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to improvement of business and investment environment in Azerbaijan’s high potential agribusiness sub-sectors in a manner that enhances development, competitiveness, employment and business opportunities in these sub-sectors. The approach involved  assessing present performance and revealing key binding constraints present along the value chain that prevent growth and further development of these sub-sectors. The project shall contribute to the overall objectives the Azerbaijan Investment Climate Project (AZIC II), which broadly aims at supporting the diversification of the Azerbaijan economy and improvement of the regulatory framework, focusing on areas of strategic importance for both the government and the private sector.

Project was funded by IFC WB.

Services provided

  • Rapid Analysis of the Horticultural Sector in Azerbaijan in order to assess horticulture products/product groups and select two to three high-potential ones for detailed exploration in the following stages of the project. Pomegranate, tomato and hazelnuts have been selected as the most promising products.
  • Value chain analysis of selected products.  The main objective was to assess how well pomegranate, tomato and hazelnuts value chains perform in order to identify segments and activities where poor performance or inefficiencies severely undermine the competitiveness of the entire VC.
  • Identification of Key Binding Constraints, ranking the constraints and in-depth analysis of the binding constraints.
  • Recommendations for specific actions (first and high priority actions for short and mid- term period) to remove the identified binding (sector-specific)obstacles and enhance VCs ability to improve performance, productivity and investment.

Full Assessment in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The project seeks to contribute to the overall objective of the Bosnia Investment Climate Project, implemented by the IFC., Objective  is to increase the competitiveness of BH by assisting the authorities at all four levels in the country to reduce the administrative burden for business, increase exports in key export sectors in BH, attract more FDI, and finally, to achieve investment climate reform and assure BH the successful process of joining EU. The overall objective was to contribute to the competitiveness improvement of the three most promising agribusiness value chains (fruits & vegetables, meat and dairy) in BH and entities by assessing their present competitiveness and determining the main barriers and constraints which prevent those agribusiness sectors from being more competitive in the international market.

Project was funded by IFC WB.

Services provided:

  • Rapid analysis of the agribusiness sector as a whole in order to validate the selection of the three priority agribusiness value chains (VCs) – fruits & vegetables, meat and dairy as the most competitive agribusiness sectors.
  • Initial Sector Competitiveness Appraisal and Comparison in order to identify latent competitive advantages that can be turned into a manifest competitive advantage.
  • Detailed industry-level competitive analysis in order to:
  1. assess the performance gaps and potential throughout the VC for each of the priority sectors,
  2. identify policy and regulatory constraints determining the performance gaps and preventing each VC from reaching its full potential in terms of productivity increases, exports, investments and job creation.
  • Ranking the constraints within VCs.
  • Identifying the VCs with strongest competitiveness potential in both entities and in BH as a whole.
  • Detailed assessment of the three VCs, and recommendations for specific actions for the most competitive VC per entity.

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Value Added Networks

Multi-country effort to enable the alpine space participating regions to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth of economically viable activities.

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Multi-country effort to enable the danube region’s transition from a fossil-based to a bio-based economy

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Assisted DELIVER – the Business Development Office of the Mannheim Medical Technology Cluster in its international outreach. With DELIVER and selected companies in the Mannheim cluster being well-positioned to pursue opportunities for technology development collaborations, inward investment and US market access, Boston was identified as one of the priority cities with which to establish reciprocal relations. Focused on Boston-based businesses in the medical technology area to identify value-chain opportunities associated with intermediate and final markets. Assignment included documentary review, elaboration of value proposition for companies in the Mannheim Medical Technology cluster. Additional activities included analysis of the cluster environment and institutional settings in Mannheim and training for cluster members on how to successfully initiate business in the Boston area.

One of the most pressing global challenges we are facing today is how to leverage the power of new knowledge spread over the globe and regions to help to address the global economic and environmental challenges. New forms of international innovation networks are required, since no single place or a single cluster could  possibly host all necessary competencies to assure regions and companies to stay at the forefront of new global value chain.

The Global Biopolymer Network builds on the transformative power of biopolymers, since they hold great potential to tackle global challenges and the same time contribute to the efforts of solving major environmental problems in developing countries. Biopolymer applications emerge from scientific, technological and engineering approaches, which require new forms of international science and technological collaboration.

The Global Biopolymer Network supports cross sectorial linkages and brings together scientific and technological know-how of developed countries and abundant resources and talents from developing countries around the idea of transformative power of biopolymers and biomaterials.

GBN members include:

These institutions  provided support for the  development of a biopolymer based platform. Two biopolymer workshops (Biopolymer workshop at JKUAT – Jomo Kenyatta  University for Agriculture and  Technology, Nairobi, Kenya, Biopolymer workshop at CBBR – Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR), Mauritius). Additionally,  various multilateral meetings were organized by GBN, in which many diplomatic community representatives  took an active role.

Services provided:

  • Enabling leadership in biopolymer development initiatives
  • Identification of biopolymer potential in addressing  global challenges
  • Identification of research and innovation fields with potential for transnational collaboration
  • Design  biopolymer workshops and facilitation  of first such workshop  at the JKUAT, Nairobi Kenya and second one  at ANDI, Mauritius
  • Facilitation of the design of research and innovation agenda: Biopolymers for Human Well Being program.

CEE – Cluster Network

This was a project for increasing cooperation between regions with clusters and networks in Central and Eastern Europe. The CEE-ClusterNetwork focuses on linking the eleven partner regions/countries whose innovation policies focus on cluster and network policy using an INNO-Net. The main objective was to find coherence in the different regional cluster policy implementation methodologies and to shape a common policy  by defining common strategic issues, strategies and programmes.

Joint Quality Guidelines were prepared, cross border networks of key innovation and CEE actor were created, common issues and needs of SMEs and governments (within all participating regions) were investigated and presented in a “Cluster Memorandum”  expressing the intention of  coherent innovation policy development. Linkages with existing and planned European innovation programs and initiatives of CEE initiatives were identified and innovation cluster operational programs were designed  for joint trans-regional projects. Regional and national level innovation, cluster initiatives and support programs were analyzed. In Slovenia, capacity building on policy development on regional level was provided.

Anteja cooperated with coordinator of the project Upper Austrian Technology and Marketing TMG – Clusterland Upper Austria.

Services provided:

  • Analyzing existing innovation and cluster initiatives and programs.
  • Mapping of relationships and linkages among regional stakeholders.
  •  Needs identification and identification and assessment of potential for international cooperation.
  • Identification of fields / industrial sectors / clusters with strong potential for collaboration and elaboration of pilot actions.
  • Support in drafting of agreement of CEE Cluster Network partners.

Anteja worked with the management of the Automotive Cluster of Slovenia (http://www.acs-giz.si), senior officials from Serbian Ministry of Economy and management of the Serbian automotive supplier industry to create a cross-regional Southeast Europe cluster. The main goal was to facilitate access of Serbian SMEs to international markets through supporting their integration into global value chains.

Services provided:

  • Design and delivery Cluster development training
  • Identification of the fields of cooperation between Slovenian and Serbian automotive clusters
  • Elaboration of cross border cluster actions
  • Policy advice and program to strengthen the institutional framework for clustering

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Professionalization of innovation focused intermediaries

Clusters, centers of excellence, networks…
Institutional strengthening and Secretariats

The proposed East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration (EASTRIP) initially involves three East African countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. The project’s development objective is to increase the access and improve the quality of TVET programs in selected Regional TVET Centers of Excellence and to support regional integration. The project supports the development of highly specialized TVET programs at diploma and degree levels for training of technicians and TVET faculty, as well as industry recognized short-term training, targeting regional priority sectors in transport, energy, manufacturing, and ICT. The objective will be achieved through complementary interventions at three different levels—center, national, and regional.

This consultancy provided technical support to Tanzanian Regional TVET Centers of Excellence in ICT (DIT Dar es Salaam Main Campus), Agro-processing and manufacturing (DIT Mwanza Campus), Energy (Arusha Technical College) and Transport (National Institute of Transport) to prepare a five-year Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for support by the EASTRIP and Ethiopian Regional TVET Centers of Excellence in Agriculture and Electronics. Additionally, the consultancy has the objective to contribute to capacity building of the targeted institutions and their management and academic teams. The Strategic investment plan – SIP – provides an investment program and budget for each of Regional TVET Center of Excellence covering key dimensions, namely governance and management, industry linkages, market relevant and competency based training programs, training of school managers and teachers, training facilities and equipment outreach and support for non-project national TVET. Specific attention was given to gender issue. Attention was given to strengthening the organization and management capacity of the TVET centers for the development and implementation of the SIPs. This includes (i) sharpen the program focus defined in draft SIPs, (ii) identify activities for each of six areas, (iii) revise and align corresponding budgets to the support centers, and, (iv) finalize SIPs and corresponding Annexes.

We have reviewed the current status of Strategic investment plan, enagged center management and staff in activities, defined key concepts and definitions for Regional TVET Centers of Excellence, elaborated of stakeholder map. Furtheremo serial of interviews and focus group discussions with governmental officials and industry representatives regarding national development and investment goals was conducted and validated via Validation workshops. Needs assement regardig skills shortages and capacity for colaboration with indsutry helps to design the capacity building program for Centers managemnt and defined cooperation modalities with industry for fine-tuning of the training program.

Support of Private Sector Development PSD (esp. Syrian SME) is the driving forces behind the SAIZ establishment. As a first step towards the establishment of SAIZ, a need assessment and feasibility study was commissioned by GIZ to assess and develop technical education and training schemes in the field of manufacturing and engineering. Dedicated attention was given with regard to training needs of women entrepreneurs. In a second step as strategy plan was developed and implemented to establish SAIZ as a national recognized technical training provider in the field of manufacturing and agrofood production. VDI/VDE-IT has been appointed to run the analyses and to support the development and implement capacity building to make SAIZ operational.

The project identified tools and actions that can be implemented by innovation intermediaries to better support innovation and value chains. An initial appraisal of interactions between academia and industry in Egypt was conducted followed by an overview of selected innovation intermediaries. It was followed by interviews with selected innovation intermediaries’ representatives to generate some of the patterns and intensity of interactions within the Egyptian ecosystem. The workshop with TICs and TICOs opened the discussion on the role of both in the Egyptian industry and innovation ecosystem. Attention was given to how to address new challenges (food security, health, and environment) since solutions for such challenges require new ways of collaborations among various actors and in particular cooperation between academia and industry.

Project was conducted in cooperation with COMESA, Nairobi Kenya, involved the development of a strategy and action plan involving mentors, collaborative teams to select of areas of engagement, biopolymer workshops, consultation and finalization of specific actions and budgets. A strategy was developed titled: “Harnessing the power of biopolymers to improve human wellbeing and enhance global competitiveness”. The Biopolymer workshops were implemented. Experts from Anteja’s global network helped to enable the formation of ABCe.

This project involved professionalization of network managers in order to better support SMEs to internationalize and innovate. The project was intended to run a needs assessment and organizational diagnostics to prepare an action plan for capacity-building and for improving actions of 11 network managers. The diagnostics covered readiness for internationalization, strategy development, service spectrum and governance. Based on the organizational diagnostic reports, dedicated actions plans and recommendations for improving actions were provided. Dedicated attention was given on how Estonian Network Managers can better support export and internationalization of SMEs.

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The PoliMaT Centre of Excellence is specialized in polymer materials and technologies with 85 researchers and professional staff with HQ in Ljubljana, Slovenia. PoliMaT was founded as a joint initiative of main science and research institutes and industry in the fields of polymer materials and technology in Slovenia for the purpose of undertaking innovation, development and research projects on polymers in order to facilitate technological breakthroughs and the transition to a low carbon society.

Services provided:

  • Management of the center of excellence
  • Providing advice on governance structure, evaluation and monitoring mechanisms
  • Assessment of the trends, end markets and opportunities
  • Assessment of new materials innovation system, identification of global best practice,
  • Setting up strategy framework and formulation of recommendations for future actions of the center.
  • Development of international innovation network: Global Biopolymer Network.

Domestic wine production is a very important segment of the Croatian agriculture, which also plays an important role in tourism and gastronomy. The quality of Croatian wines has significantly improved and continues to do so, reaching high quality levels in recent years, recognized with many international wine awards. The regional brand “Wine Croatia” was identified as key motivation with the overreaching goal to increase the export of Croatian wines, particularly the high quality wine, to EU and other higher value international markets.

Project was funded by Croatian Chamber of Commerce.

Services provided:

  • Initial assessment of the potential export markets of wine industry.
  • Rapid assessment of wine sector competiveness.
  • Identification and benchmarking of the current organizational practices in the wine sector of the traditional wine countries and the ‘new’ wine countries, including the role, level and formats of governmental support.
  • Case studies.
  • Providing a model of a cluster organization of the wine industry including institutional settings.

The international best practices were  been identified. Due to different approaches to the development of wine sector, cases from new and old wine producing countries were selected, studied and used for benchmarking. The aforementioned global scan included a review of how the wine industry has emerged and evolved in the two most recent  decades and the changing role of governments and intuitions in the wine industry. The structure of value chains of different countries were studied, as well as organizational models and approaches to export promotion. The benchmarks revealed several important considerations which were used for discussion with stakeholders and preparation of recommendations on organization and institutional settings of wine industry in Croatia.

The task envisioned assistance to the Republic Srpska Government in establishing Industrial Zones (IZ) to foster SME development. The main objectives of the project were to assist and advise the Republic Srpska Government in framing the concept/model for IZ development and policy measures, including performance indicators and incentive programs for establishment and development of IZ.

  • Assist and advice the Government of Republic Srpska, MIEM with framing of the concept guidelines for establishing industrial zones
  • Case studies on industrial zones
  • Evaluation of two potential zones in terms of feasibility of establishment of industrial zones
  • Review of economic and legal framework for investments
  • Preparation of rulebooks and guidelines
  • Preparation of the operational program
  • Preparation of the incentive program and selection criteria
  • Capacity-building workshops

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Tourism and cultural heritage

The following are examples of main projects, where Anteja’s experts managed the whole process and have served as  author or co-author of the projects:

  • Development  of Slovenian Tourism Strategy for the period 2007-2011 (Ministry of the Economy of Rep. of Slovenia, 2006)
  • Development  of National Program for Development of Quality in the Slovenian hotels, (Ministry of the Economy of Rep. of Slovenia, 2006)
  • Development  of National Program for Development of Human Resources in Slovenian Tourism, (Ministry of the Economy of Rep. of Slovenia, 2007)
  • Development  of National Program for promotion the professions in the tourism and catering industry(Ministry of the Economy of Rep. of Slovenia, 2007). Project leader was Chamber of Crafts of the Republic of Slovenia.  The Anteja’s expert designed the program of measures and activities for promotion the professions in tourism in catering
  • Development  of Slovenian Tourism Strategy for the period 2002-2006, which has been  the first tourism strategy in Slovenia, based on public private partnership, with comprehensive range of measures and activities for promotion the tourism development in Slovenia; team leader within the ministry.
  • Co-author for the development of  the Tourism policy for the year 2003-2004 and for the year 2004-2005, which had been the action plans for tourism development, based on tourism strategy .
  • Preparing the Law on Tourism, as the legislative grounding for the implementation of tourism strategy at the national level – author.

Tourism and cultural heritage projects – Slovenia

  • Strategic plan for managing the Bled Castle 2006 – 2020 (2013)
  • Project for Revitalization of Rihemberk Castle (2013)
  • Strategic plan for managing the Bled Castle 2007 – 2016 (2007)
  • Strategic plan for managing the Kostel Castle (2008)
  • Strategic plan for managing the Idria’s Mercury Mining heritage – the basis to register in the UNESCO Heritage List; (2008)

Activity – Decentralized consultation for bottom-up assessment of the regional priorities in the field of Cultural Heritage.

Anteja’s expert worked as short term expert for Central European Initiative, Trieste, Italy.  Served to implement the Stakeholders’ Meetings in Western Balkan Countries in order to: identify from bottom-up the national cultural heritage sector needs, priorities and expectations.  These were designed to  be further developed into the regional cultural tourism products and integrated into regional strategies further finalized under aegis of the RCC. Services encompass: brief assessment of the current regional cooperation in the field of cultural heritage and tourism in the region; draft outline of identified needs and priorities in the field of cultural heritage and project initiatives for development of regional cultural tourism products; assessment of flagship cultural heritage projects potential for creation of regional cultural tourist projects/products; identification of regional cultural heritage topics with high potential for development of regional cultural tourism projects/products; draft outline of main barriers and constraints which hinders the cooperation on the national and regional level; and review of proposed activities for the elimination of barriers and constraints.

  • Business plan and Marketing Strategy for Hotel Triglav Bled (2007)
  • Business plan and Marketing Strategy for renovation of Soča Hotel in Rogaška Slatina (2007)
  • Business plan and Marketing Strategy for building a Golf Course in Smlednik (2008)
  • Business plan and Marketing Strategy for renovation of Hotel Europa in Celje (2008)
  • Business plan and Marketing Strategy for renovation of Grajski Dvor Hotel in Radovljica (2008)
  • Business plan and Marketing Strategy for Hotel Vila Bled and Pristava (2008)

Anteja’s experts worked on different positions in the following projects:

  • Member of the project team for the research: “Key factors for the successful development of tourist destination – identification of tourist destinations, integral tourist products with the analysis of the destination management”
  • Author and co-author of the curriculum for new study program – Project management, Destination Management, Economics in Tourism,
  • Author of Tourism Destination management Handbook
  • Lecturer of the Tourism Destination Management
  • Developing the management of tourist destination “Dežela Celjskih knezov” (The Land of Counts of Celje).
  • Development of the management of tourist destination of Gorenjska region
  • Development and managing the tourism destination management organization in Kranjska Gora tourist resort.