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Emilia-Romagna has been present at Expo Dubai with its Regional Day focused on Data Valley and with a mission involving top actors of its advanced mechanical engineering cluster: Clust-ER MECH and Digital District Reggio Emilia, along with the Regional Government and its agency for investment promotion ART-ER. The initiative - involving also universities, research centres and laboratories - included B2B meetings, an event to present the projects and actors involved and a visit to the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park.

The mission aimed to promote international investments, R&D activities and training actions and to start new partnerships and collaborations in the development of innovative projects with UAE or other countries, generating opportunities for regional companies and R&D laboratories. Indeed, many interesting common fields of collaboration emerged concerning integration among research centres and universities in Italy and UAE. Institutional relationships have been strengthened with meetings among high profile representatives. These networking activities concerned also issues related to the regional Data Valley and attraction of talents that were the main themes of the Regional Day held in the Italian Pavilion at Expo on the 13th of January.

Emilia-Romagna Region promotes investments and talents attraction, creating qualified employment and integration with the regional supply and value chains. The regional development agency ART-ER was present with Invest in Emilia-Romagna - the contact point for foreign investors providing a wide range of services free of charge - and IT-ER International Talents in Emilia-Romagna - aimed to support talents to move and live in Emilia-Romagna and to provide information regarding regional networks and communities, making easier to be part of the regional ecosystem.

Clust-ER MECH represents the regional advanced manufacturing and automotive engineering, showing the ability to collaborate among companies and laboratories of the Emilia-Romagna High Technology Network in the development of innovation projects. ​​Several MECH’s members took part to the mission: companies (Bonfiglioli Group, MBS, Pure Power Control) and university and labs (Intermech - UNIMORE, Siteia – UNIPR, MechLav – UNIFE, Romagna Tech).

The Digital District - located in the province of Reggio Emilia - has been presented by the innovation centre REI Foundation (Fondazione REI) - that also manages the Reggio Emilia Technopole – with the support of the entrepreneurial association Unindustria Reggio Emilia. The Digital District created an effective collaboration between public and private sectors, putting research and qualified human resources at the core of its development model and attracting new investments such as FAW-Silk EV, worth over 1.3 BLN euros.


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