The second Balkan Forum was held on September 25th and 26th, 2020 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Prevented due to the current situation with Covid-19, this forum was held online. It promoted the necessary activities for the introduction of business innovation, which are a key prerequisite for economic development and promotion of stable and secure entrepreneurship in the Balkans.

The Knowledge Management Center was part of this forum, presented by its director - Dr. Andrijana Bogdanovska Gj.

Dr. Bogdanovska spoke about the existing cooperation in the region in the field of research and development and covered possible forms of future cooperation in the field within the new program of the European Union 2021-2027. 

Prepared by: Ivana Ivanova

Recently, the 13th edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) was published amidst the Covid-19 crisis. Taking into account the current  economic situation and the fact that venture capitals are declining across North America, Asia and Europe, innovation is thought to be the best way for humanity to cope with the economic lockdown.  However, investment rates are low, including foreign direct investment, and they are expected to drop even more in 2020 and 2021.

Europe remains the second most innovative region, right after the US, as it hosts a large number of innovative economies. Sixteen of the innovation leaders in the top 25 are European countries, with seven of them ranking in the top 10. Seven of them climbed up the ranks, from which three are Balkan countries: Bulgaria (37th, up by 3), Croatia (41st, up by 3) and Romania (46th, up by 4). Six economies rank below the top 50, with four of them increasing their ranks this year, three of them being Balkan countries: Serbia (53rd), North Macedonia (57th) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (74th). 

Global investment expected to drop further in 2021, before slowly recovering.  Global FDI flows are forecast to drop by as much as 40% this year from last year’s total of $1.54trn, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad).

These last few days, in midst of the Covid19 pandemic, we have seen the extraordinary power of technology. Coming face to face with the shortage of medical supplies, several research centers and prototyping studios in North Macedonia using the 3D printing technology, have been helping the medical staff in this fight. The Center for Knowledge Management is actively participating in these efforts through its prototyping lab - a well equipped prototyping studio which was created within the project Innoplatform in 2018, supported by the Interreg BalkanMed programme of the EU.

Prepared by: Ivana Ivanova

During these last few days, the whole world has been facing a threat on human kind. Facing this health crisis requires everyone’s utmost awareness of its seriousness. The new corona virus has brought shortage of supplies, especially medical supplies, thus a wide range of initiatives have emerged around the world. The 3D printing community is in the center of these, having the ability to construct an object within a few hours. The resources that can be designed through 3D printing can help face this crisis more easily. By having a 3D printer and using the STL file, one can produce more of the needed goods.

The Fund for Innovation and Technological Development of North Macedonia has announced the second call from the Government's Economic Growth Plan (PER), intended for co-funded technology development grants. The call is aimed at micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and private health institutions (PHIs) who want to advance the level of technological development.

 

The European Comission is preparing next Framework Programme for the period 2021-2027. The Framework will have a great impact on all the various funding programmes under the EU policies.

Some information about the Framework regarding some of the programmes have already been announced and based on them assumptions are being made as to what is in store for the EU Funding Programmes after 2020.