The signing of the Sectoral Pacts for Competitiveness and Internationalization signed between the Ministry of Economy and 6 of the 20 Clusters recognized by IAPMEI in 2017 under the Interface Program will take place today, March 26 and tomorrow, March 27.
The set of sectors, where the first clusters that are going to sign competitiveness pacts, have turnover figures of 99.6 billion euros, of Exports Volume of 39.6 billion euros and Gross Value Added ( VAB), amounting to 30.2 billion euros, corresponding to a significant weight in the national economy.
The Deputy Minister of Economy, Pedro Siza Vieira, represents the Government in this protocol and is preparing to announce that in terms of national employment, "there is a contribution of these Clusters in about 1.045.000 jobs, actively involving one of set of 748 associated companies and around a hundred entities of the Research and Innovation System ".
"The Sectorial Competitiveness and Internationalization Pacts embody a series of new initiatives in the fields of the digitization of industries (i4.0), human resources training, consolidation of the factors of external attractiveness of the country, internationalization and promotion of research and in particular the development of a circular economy and an efficient energy and ecological transition, as well as in improving the regulatory and legal environment of companies, "says IAPMEI, currently led by Nuno Mangas.
"The objective is to mobilize civil society for a common strategy and mission, associated with the dynamics of networking, leading to the development of collaborative initiatives aimed at achieving collective efficiency objectives."
"IAPMEI will ensure, whenever necessary, the articulation with the public entities according to their specific missions and nature of the articulation with the clusters," the statement added.
The first cycle of competitiveness pacts, to be held today at IAPMEI, in Lisbon and on 27 March (in Leiria, at NERLEI), involves the following clusters: Health Cluster Portugal; Portuguese Agrofood Cluster; Cluster AEC – Architecture, Engineering and Construction; Automotive Cluster; and Cluster Produtech – Production Technologies Engineering and Tooling Cluster.
Clusters of competitiveness are platforms that aggregate knowledge and skills "and now play a central role in industrial policy and the Portuguese economy," the statement said.
"Clusters play a key role in supporting SMEs and the implementation of smart specialization, diagnosing in the field the difficulties of companies in a given sector, providing the responsible entities with data essential to the development and implementation of effective policies that benefit the growth of enterprises ".
The IAPMEI – Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, is the public organization to support micro, small and medium enterprises, whose mission is to promote competitiveness and business growth.