Kyiv region has started the process of formation of a bast cluster
On February 8, a roundtable discussion "Prospects for the creation of a bast cluster in the Kyiv region" was held, organized by the Department of Economics of the Kyiv Regional State Administration and the Regional Development Agency of Kyiv Region.
The director of the Ukrainian Institute for International Politics
took part in the discussion. Nadija Afanasieva spoke on the smart specialization in the Kyiv region and the role of the cluster in its implementation.
The discussion was also joined by the heads of the Department of Economics of the Kyiv Regional State Administration, the Kyiv Regional Development Agency, representatives of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, the Institute of Bast Crops of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine, the Yaroslav Concern and others.
During the meeting, the participants discussed the state and prospects for the development of bast crops in the Kyiv region, the problems of the industry, the creation of an innovative ecosystem at the regional level, as well as direct support from the state and the necessary legislative changes. All participants also developed a board of issues, challenges, and opportunities for the future of the cluster.
Demand for bast products in the food, light industry, construction, pharmacy, and cosmetics sectors in Ukraine and around the world is growing. And the Kyiv region has prospects for growing and processing bast crops, so the region has every chance to create a corresponding cluster in the future.
It should be noted that the Kyiv region has previously had significant results in the EDP process in 4 areas of smart specialization:
Production of innovative food products with improved consumer qualities (functional food)
Development of energy-efficient solutions based on alternative energy sources
Innovative products for construction, design, and everyday life
Bioactive substances and pharmaceuticals for human health
The production of new types of competitive products based on smart specialization will provide new opportunities for the economy of both the Kyiv region and Ukraine in general.
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