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Regional Innovation Strategies for Chile – Taking Advantage of European Experiences in Smart Specialisation

(2013) - iit perspektive 12
Diana Sündermann/ Carlos Valenzuela/ Marc Bovenschulte

In 2010 the Chilean Regional Governments started “Proyecto RED”, to meet the national innovation legal framework. The project has been running for the last two years with the support of the European Union, the Vice-Ministry for Regional and Administrative Development, and the International Cooperation Agency. Due to geographical and historical factors, the Chilean industry has been based mainly on the exploitation of natural resources and run by a heavy administrative system housed in the so-called Metropolitan Region. Thus the country‘s economy has been characterized by an asymmetrical development, which has been favouring the distribution of resources in regions with economies which have grown thanks to their mineral resources (Antofagasta), fishing/aquaculture (Puerto Montt) and of course the administrative region.

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