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European Commission supports the internationalisation of European businesses and their competitiveness in order to generate growth and jobs. The mission goes beyond the need to explore opportunities in foreign markets. It also lies in the necessity to work for the good integration of EU companies in international value chains and to ensure a level-playing field where imports are concerned. Various EU instruments that contribute to the internationalisation have been put in place in the framework of several EU programmes such as COSME, the Instrument for Cooperation with Industrialized Countries, the Partnership Instrument, the European Neighborhood Instrument, and structural and investment funds. Companies and SMEs in particular are not sufficiently aware of these EU actions supporting internationalisation and the opportunities they provide. That’s why the Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship developed an overview of European instruments contributing to the internationalization of European businesses. The objective is to rationalise, simplify and articulate existing EU instruments contributing to the internationalisation of European business, so that they form a coherent and user-friendly package of tools. The overview could be reached in the following link >>>



Green-Tech Cluster open Energy Efficiency Centre in Latvia

The Green and Smart Technology Cluster (Green-Tech Cluster) is pleased to announce that on February 7, Cluster, in collaboration with largest electricity supplier in Latvia "Elektrum", opened the first Energy Efficiency Centre in Latvia outside the metropole Riga. The main aim of the Energy Efficiency Centre is to educate society and support business opportunities – business promote and internationalize the energy efficient products of Cluster members. Right now in the show hall everyone can see specially designed exhibits of smart energy for households and industrial environments. Promoting society awareness about the green energy production and smart use plays very important role, therefore, every week Green-Tech Cluster together with "Elektrum" organise educational seminar.



MASIT-ICT Chamber of Commerce will work on the second cycle of the Project for requalification of ICT workforce


We would like to inform you that in the next period, starting from March to June 2019, MASIT with will start working on the second cycle of the USAID / REG supported project: Requalification of ICT workforce. Within the activities of the project, the unemployed candidates coming from non-ICT sector will have the opportunity to be requalify in order to gain some other skills, knowledge and practical experience for IT profiles required from ICT companies. The goal of the project is to create new ICT workforce and give opportunity to the candidates to be employed in IT companies at junior programming positions or other positions related to the ICT sector. The first cycle of this project was implemented last year where 38 candidates successfully passed the training and more than 50% were employed or continued with additional ICT studies and trainings.

 Cluj IT Cluster and Rawabi Foundation engage in a strategic international partnership


A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) on the 28th of January 2019 between the Rawabi Foundation (Rawabi, Palestine) and the Cluj IT Cluster governing the establishment of a strategic relationship forged for the purpose of mutual support and development of startup enterprises and business in each city’s respective IT&C sector. The agreement provides a framework whereby each partner will work to spur innovation and create a mutually enabling ecosystem for member enterprises and entrepreneurs through mentorship, marketing support, investment assistance and a wide range of other business development services. Under the terms of the MoU, each party commits to leverage respective networks and market access channels for the benefit of startup enterprises from the other party’s member community.

Alexandru Tulai, vice president of the Cluj IT Cluster, stated with this occasion: “The mission of Cluj IT is to provide consistent support through ICT infrastructure for the key components needed for local and regional integrated development: education, innovation, entrepreneurial administration and community organization. The contribution of IT companies from the cluster to the growth of various value chains shows we are in the process of maturing our industry, while the collaborative business approach cannot disregard the international aspect, partners with whom we identify synergies.” Mr. Tulai added, “The technological dimension of "digital transformation" is not, paradoxically, the dominant one. The fundamental role lies in the cultural dimension, in all its aspects and depth. And the place where this need is felt more and more are our communities, including virtual ones. That is why we intend to develop a strong partnership with the city of Rawabi in this direction, including a "twinning" relationship at the level of local and regional communities.”

This strategic partnership is the first entered into by Rawabi Tech Hub as well as the first in the Middle East region for Cluj IT Cluster. Both partners look forward to a productive collaboration that will strengthen their respective local economies through knowledge and business exchange catalyzing growth in the IT sector in each city.

More information about Rawabi Tech Hub and Cluj IT is available at http://co.city.rawabi.ps/ and at www.clujit.ro, respectively.

Masterclass: Real UX & Product Design

Always listening to the needs of IT companies, Vojvodina ICT Cluster presents a brand new course: Real UX & Product Design. This comprehensive curriculum is tailor-made to the needs of rising IT markets, closing the gap we have identified for this particular skill set. Read more here: https://academy.vojvodinaictcluster.org/masterclass-real-ux-product-design

 Upcoming Events

 SEETEST 2019 announces Super Early Bird tickets


As is the tradition, its location rotates every year between the countries covered by SEETB – Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania. The 2018 event led more than 350 participants to the capital of Serbia – Belgrade. This year it’s Bucharest’s turn. Read more here: https://vojvodinaictcluster.org/seetest-2019-announces-superearly-bird-tickets/

B2B event in the framework of GIVE project, Tirana, Albania


Albanian ICT Association (AITA) is pleased to invite you to attend the B2B event in the framework of Green Ict deVElopment (GIVE) project. The event will be held in PROTIK ICT Resource Center, Tirana, Albania on February 22nd 2019.

During the B2B event the participants will meet face to face, in order to establish networking, and discuss present activities, products, services, joint projects, partnerships, exchange of experience and market information.

The event will be will be attended by cluster managers, SME representatives and organizations coming from the 3 main sectors: Smart Green Technologies, Automotive and ICT sector and 6 countries - Albania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia.

During the event, GIVE project partners will present the findings of the 3 focused groups meetings organized previously within the project with the following topics: implementation on cross – industry collaboration, barriers of SME internationalization, internationalization potential and identification of third markets.

Registration form for the event, is available on the following link >>>

Green Industry and Digitalization Matchmaking 19 March 2019 / Oslo, Norway

Innovation Norway in cooperation with the Enterprise Europe Network is organizing a conference and matchmaking event on Green Industry Innovation, Digitalisation and ICT on March 19th, 2019. The main purpose of the event is to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration within green industry innovation and digitalisation and to support the establishment of partnerships within R&D, among technology suppliers and potential clients for collaboration towards EEA / Norway Grants and Horizon2020

Among the topics for the matchmaking will be:

  •  Digitalisation and sustainability
  •  Internet of Things
  •  Robotisation, automatization
  •  Cyber security
  •  Health tech
  •  FinTech

 ICT Exhibition TEMS Africa ICT Expo 


ICT Exhibition TEMS Africa ICT Expo will take place in 24- 26th April 2019 at the KICC Nairobi Kenya. The event which is supported by Kenya’s Ministry of ICT, Communications Authority of Kenya and Computer Society of Kenya will converge global ICT players to showcase new technologies through innovative products and services in IT and Telecom including 5G, AI/ IOT, Virtual Reality, Satellite Communication, Security, Smart Homes/ Cities, Robotics, Smart Electronics (home, automobile), Mobile Payment, Fintechs, Cloud Technologies among other developments in the ICT sector.

The three days exhibition event will be running concurrently with TEMS Africa ICT International Conference where prominent ICT executives and thought leaders from around the world will share their knowledge, thoughts and experiences and give strategic advice for tackling today’s most pressing IT challenges.

EU - South MED Cluster Matchmaking Event & TechDays


The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP), in cooperation with THE NEXT SOCIETY (TNS) and Logismed 2019 Fair will organise the EU - South MED Cluster Matchmaking Event & TechDays on 9-11 April 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. The overall objective of the event is to provide EU clusters access to South-Mediterranean markets (including Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine*) through close cooperation with local-based organisations. The event will take place in the context of LOGISMED 2019 – 8th Edition of the Transport and Logistics International Salon for Africa and Mediterranean.









Contact Information

ICT Chamber of Commerce - MASIT
St. "Kosta Veselinov“ no.6, entrance 1, floor 1
1000 Skopje, RN Macedonia
tel. 389 75 280 507; 389 78 296 487
e-mail: contact@masit.org.mk


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