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SUCCESS OF THE FIRST BiH CLUSTER CONFERENCE IN MOSTAR

On the initiative of the Wood Cluster Herzegovina “DKH” Mostar, in the cluster consortium in the field of wood industry, ICT, tourism, plastics and metals and with the support of academic and educational and R&D institutions, the first cluster conference in BiH entitled "Clustering as Key to Competitiveness" was held in Mostar from 13th-14th June 2018.

The conference fulfilled the expectations of the organizers and co-organizers based on the structure of participants and diversity of the topics, presentations and active discussions.  Presentations from the Herzegovina cluster workshop, videos and photos are available on the following link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Bwhiixwscubg6I37GCeAZk71-mQqVg5d

Some of the more important conclusions of the conference are that clusters contribute to the competitiveness of the SME sector; that national cluster policy accompanied by an action plan and budget is important for cluster development in BiH; by building the capacity of cluster manager cluster organizations could provide the progress through the recruitment of new members, the internationalization of cluster business and networking. Cluster linking in the Balkans and in Europe is supported by the participants of the conference as it contributes to the development of trade cooperation among cluster members - enterprises and the commercialization of innovations.

Closing Session of the First Conference Day

The conference marked the ceremonial signing of the Agreement on Cooperation between the Cluster House as a coordinator of the Balkan Black Sea Cluster Network BBS ClusNet and DKH Wood Cluster Hercegovina in support of the mission and formal accession of the cluster "BBS ClusNet". The BBS ClusNet is the largest collaborative cluster platform in the region that has been formed based on a "bottom-up" approach to cluster development in the Balkans, according to the methodology of the Danish-Serbian Cluster House. It gathers more than 200 clusters in the region in all sectors and from all Balkan countries and about 3000 contacts with actors of cluster development and economic development in the region, Europe and globally.

Joining the Cluster House Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network

Mr. Zdravko Vojvodić, president of the DKH Cluster Mostar and owner of the Lignum furniture production company and

Docent Dr. Danka Milojković, director of the Cluster House and member of the Global TCI Network BofD

The organizers of the conference agreed that the first cluster conference in BiH will turn into a traditional business event linking SMEs and institutions through clusters through organization of conferences in the coming years.

The social program of the conference included the tour of the Old Bridge and the Franciscan Church, the historical place Počitelj, the waterfall Kravica and networking dinner at the Bigeste Hotel in Ljubuska. Participants of the conference were able to see and feel the synergy of the activities of the members of the Tourist Cluster Herzegovina.

Wood Clusters from Hercegovina and Croatia and Serbian Cluster House

View from the Old Bridge in Mostar

 

Old Bridge and the street in Mostar

The Franciscan church in Mostar

Počitelj

The Waterfalls Kravice

Representative of the House Cluster Assistant Professor Dr. Danka Milojkovic and Expert for Clusters Ms. Zdenka Mesic from Croatia visited the member of DKH Cluster, the company Lignum ltd. in Mostar www.lignumcentar.com, as well as the Cluster Support Center for cluster excellence in the infrastructural sense the house of clusters of Herzegovina given by the City of Mostar for using to the consortium of clusters of Herzegovina.

Hercegovina House of Clusters

Lignum ltd. Mostar

Lignum ltd. Mostar

Lignum ltd. Mostar

Conference venue

Conference venue and Ms. Zdenka Mesic, cluster expert

Mr. Daniel Cosnita, president of the Romanian Clusters Association ClusteRo and Cluster House Advisory Board member and

Mr. Marijan Kavran, director of the Croatian Wood Cluster

Participants of the Wood Cluster Conference Banja Luka, a member of the Cluster House BBS ClusNet, announced the 10th Jubilee Conference in the field of wood industry "People, Wood and Furniture 2018" in Banja Luka, from 29th-30th June 2018. More information about the conference are available on the web site: www.wmta-edu.com.

Wood Cluster from Croatia and Republic of Srpska , Cluster House, on the Old Bridge, in the announcement of the Jubilar 10th Wood Industry Conference in Banja Luka


The overall impression is that BiH, led by clusters in Herzegovina, is moving towards a cluster way of achieving sustainable economic development in BiH in line with the European cluster strategy, which will contribute to more efficient integration of BiH into the EU and keeping of peace in the region.

The Balkan clusters work locally and think globally!



Invitation for the First BiH Cluster Conference in Mostar, 13-14 June

On behalf of the Cluster House Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network (BBS ClusNet), a supporting institution of the event, we have a pleasure to invite you to joint the Balkan Cluster Family to the FIRST BiH CLUSTER CONFERENCE in beautiful Mostar, from 13-14 June, 2018.

The conference is organized by BiH clusters consortium in wood processing, ICT, Tourism, Plastic and Metal industries plus academic and R&D institutions. BiH clusters consortium is a member of the Cluster House BBS ClusNet.

Docent Dr. Danka Milojkovic, director of the Cluster House and member of the Global TCI Network BofD, will be one of international speakers with the topic on Danish-Serbian Cluster House Model for cluster-based sustainable social economic development in the Balkans.

The Cluster House is looking forward to see you soon and to meet new cluster friends and continue discussion on the Smart Balkan Cluster Policy Declaration which we started in the framework of the round table supported by the EC / DG Enterprise Cluster Unit/ in Thessaloniki last September.

This is the Cluster House BBS ClusNet way to keep peace and support prosperity in the Balkans.

Basic conference information are available on the link. For information in English language please ask the Cluster House Info Center via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

file icon pdf Agenda_I BiH Cluster Conference 2018.pdf

BRIDGE SLOVENIA – SERBIA

Business opportunities on the Slovenian market

The srticle is prepared for the Cluster House newsletter INFOCLUSTER.

It is fully available only in Serbian language.

V International Fair of Old Crafts in Nis, June 1, 2018

The Fair of Old Crafts is one of key outputs of the IPA CBC BG-RS. The author and the host of the event is the Nis Women Association, a member of the Cluster House Network of Southern Serbia Women Associations. The Municipality Pantelej is a fair supporting institution.

Welcome to Nis – the centar of old crafts in the Souhern Serbia!

Article is available only in Serbian language. Thanks in advance for your undersanding.

CALL FOR STUDNETS. Event note: SENSORIK SUMMERSCHOOL | September 2018 | Regensburg

In partnership with the Sensorik Cluster from Germany, the Balkan Cluster House would like to inform you that the call for submitting application for the Sensorik Summerschool in September is opened!

Especially for Students the Summerschool is free of charge and a good possibility to get in contact with high-tec-companys in Germany.

Please refer to Cluster House in your application form.

Good luck and send us your feedback about your impressions and knowledge after the event.

file icon pdf Flyer-Sensorik Summerschool_Sep 2018_Regensburg.pdf