Italian and Portuguese marine and maritime clusters: best practices and experience exchange ROOM 2

8 June 2023

14.00 – 16.30 CONFERENCE ROOM 2

Italian and Portuguese marine and maritime clusters: best practices and experience exchange

Synergies between the Hub Azul Portugal and the Italian clusters

An increasing number of countries have already placed blue economy at the core of their governmental strategies, and the national marine and maritime clusters’ role is becoming increasingly fundamental on various aspects.  The blue economy management differs from country to country from various point of view, including but not limited to: research and innovation, business support through targeted industrial policies and financial support, training at various levels, etc.  During this session many experts coming from National Blue Economy Clusters in Italy and Portugal will share their models and experiences in all relevant aspects, with the aim to highlight differences and facilitate the exchange of best practices.

14.00-14.30 Registration

Moderator Leonardo Manzari, WestMED Assistance Mechanism – National Hub for Italy

14.30-14.45 Welcome & introduction: the blue economy at the core of national strategies and priorities

Daniele Bosio, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, WestMED National Coordinator

14.45-15.15 Forum Oceano: the Portuguese blue economy management model

Ruben Eiras, Secretary General, Forum Oceano

15.15-15.45 Cluster Blue Italian Growth & Federazione del Mare: the Italian blue economy management model

Giovanni Caprino, Chairman, Cluster Blue Italian Growth

Mario Mattioli, Chairman, Federazione del Mare

15.45-16.15 Roundtable

Highlighting differences and mutual inspiration between Italian and Portuguese management models

Gonçalo Faria, Hub Azul Portugal

Rita Sousa, FABER - Portugal Blue private operator (online)

Fabio Fava, EU MISSION “Restore our Ocean and Waters” - Lighthouse for the Mediterranean (online)

Alessandro Iafrati, CNR Institute of Marine Engineering, Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership

16:15-16:30 Closing

Marisa Silva, Director General of Maritime Policy, Ministry of Economy and Sea, Portugal (online)

Luca Salamone, Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Minister of Civil Protection and Sea Policies

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