The multilateral cooperation with the emerging countries represents a strategic  asset in order to provide a positive economic impact at regional level.

Within the global market, the business networks  among SMEs and industrial Clusters  develops know-how transfer  and innovative business  models for  associations and the private sector. 

Under the framework of the Joint declaration signed between UNIDO ITPO Italy and Friuli Venezia Giulia Region on 8th May 2015, the project SMEs 4 BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CHINA&CUBA intends  to promote and facilitate the creation of partnerships among companies from the FVG Region, the Shanghai Province and the Republic of Cuba, in order to strengthen bilateral cooperation and foster the transfer of innovative processes, technologies and know-how.

In  close collaboration with Universities, research centres, tech and science parks of Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region and the public and private stakeholders in China and Cuba, the project aims  to identify an agenda of initiatives to  support  the industrial development in favour of SMEs and the clusters

The key topics are: sustainability and competitiveness to foster the process of integration and internationalization of regional/international supply chains, as well as the creation of partnerships with SMEs, business associations and industrial Clusters

The output of the project aims to foster the development of an industrial value chain through the support of Clusters, the promotion of investments, the transfer of know-how and innovative models of entrepreneurship (start-up) developing synergies, exchanging know how and cooperating with members and stakeholders  to gain mutual benefits.


SMEs, Business networks and sectorial Clusters, Universities and research institutes, science and industrial parks and trade associations located in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Region in the Republic of Cuba and in the Province of Shanghai



Friuli Venezia Giulia is a strategic Region in the heart of Europe located at a cross-roads of major transportation routes and renowned for its multicultural and economic dynamism. The region is historically a bridge between West and East Europe and a platform towards the Mediterranean area.

The Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia is playing a central role in decentralized cooperation, as an innovative strategy to manage international relations as a basis for the process of internationalization of the regional territory at the institutional, economic, social and cultural levels.

Innovation plays a key role for the future of European Countries. The European Regions as Friuli Venezia Giulia, have the goal to promote innovative processes as an active part of the EU 2020 strategy for sustainable, inclusive and smart growth.

Friuli Venezia Giulia is on the eastern most part of the Italian peninsula; it borders on Austria to the north and on Slovenia and the Mediterranean Sea to the east. Its area is 7,800 square kilometres, 62 per cent of which belongs to the province of Udine, the area with the highest industrial density in the entire Region.

All roads lead to Friuli-Venezia-Giulia : the entire region acts as a natural interchange for the traffic coming from Eastern Europe, the area of the Middle East and the Balkan area. Friuli-Venezia-Giulia  is a "frontier" territory; because of its geographic position and the ability of its inhabitants to form co-operative relationships with the neighbouring countries, with time it has acquired an increasingly important role, and has become a nerve centre of the commercial scene.

On the strength of the infrastructure it possesses - including an airport, a motorway network, a series of ports having a diversified, synergistic activity, and a modern, efficient system of intermodal transport - Friuli Venezia Giulia aims at becoming a real, natural logistic platform for the new trade system that Eastern and Western Europe are creating.

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UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization, is the UN specialized agency mandated to promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. For almost 50 years, UNIDO has been working with governments, business and industrial associations, financial institutions and individual companies to address industrial problems. The organization has earned a reputation as one of the world's most experienced industrial problem solver as well as a neutral and honest broker, playing a vital role in improving well- beings and equitable development of developing countries and economies in transition. As technical agency of the UN system, UNIDO make available lessons learned, experiences, results and know-how acquired through the implementation of technical assistance projects worldwide. Thanks to its international presence, UNIDO is in the position to mobilize and convene public and private sector representatives, academia, experts, project counterparts and recipients to share experience and knowledge.

UNIDO ITPO Italy(Investment and Technology Promotion Office) was established on 12 August 1985 through an agreement between UNIDO and the Government of Italy. Like other ITPOs, the mandate of ITPO Italy is to promote industrial cooperation and business development between Italian enterprises and institutions and their counterparts in developing and emerging countries. The office also operates as a catalyst of international technical expertise and best practices for the organization of national, regional and international networking events. ITPO Italy launched specific industrial development programmes aimed at involving several sectors where Italy sets world standards of best practice, such as agro – industry/food, textiles and clothing, leather and footwear, environment and renewable energies. This commitment is mainly based on promotion of industrial partnerships, on improvement of technological and qualitative standards and on capacity-building to partner institutions.