I-Com, Institute for competitiveness
“Never forget your roots and the territory you belong to” is a very common warning old generations give to young people, who are more and more keen on moving from their place of origin to stoke their ambitions in the big city. Our team wants to address this warning to the business companies, by stimulating the dialogue between them and local administration units, to foster mutual creativity, development and growth, towards a common goal.
Rome, Italy; Tirana, Albania; Brussels, Belgium.
Our project wants to facilitate the achievement of the Europe 2020 targets for a smart, inclusive and sustainable growth, by empowering the role of local authorities and communities vis à vis the business companies, stimulating the dialogue between them and bringing the stakeholders closer to people, strengthening their feeling of ownership.
Through this project, and building upon Italian best practices, we want to collect more of them and share them with neighbouring countries. In a medium-short term period frame, we would like to target Albanian local authorities and companies, to stimulate both growth and competitiveness, and an efficient use of the funds Albania receives through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. We also want to lay down the basis to extend this practice to the entire Balkan region in the long term.
Since 2014, I-Com has been operative with its Observatory on the Relations between Territories and Companies, by monitoring, identifying and reinforcing good interaction practices between companies and local administrations. We want to achieve the aforementioned sharing of best practices, by creating an operative tool that works as a networking and meeting platform between stakeholders and local entities, and, through their dialogue, comes up with common guidelines to be implemented to improve the worthwhile collaboration and cohesion between the two. These best practices lab will take place first in Rome; after in Tirana; finally in Brussels, where we will return the positive outcome of the previous meetings to the EU public.
Our target is threefold: first we want this project to be implemented to make local authorities and business companies benefiting from each other; secondly, we aim at a final long-term outcome for the civil societies who should profit from the economic growth; thirdly, we want to enlarge the range, facilitating the process of integration of Albania, as a candidate country to access the EU.