Head Office of Industry and the Tera Cluster will work together on the digital development of Cantabria
The Head Office of Industry, Employment, Innovation and Commerce and the Tera Cluster have established the foundations on which to build coordinated work that facilitates the digital evolution of Cantabria. This was agreed in the working meeting held this morning between the industry advisor, Eduardo Arasti, and the spokespersons for the sectoral group, in which both parties highlighted the climate of collaboration, understanding and harmony of objectives.
Roberto García and Juan Carlos Ramos, vice president and manager of the Tera Cluster respectively, have presented to the counselor the priority lines of action of this organization, which brings together more than 60 entities related to the ICT sector. Among them, the recently established Digital Industry Commission, an internal body of the Cluster that arises at the request of the associates and that will work specifically to take advantage of the business opportunities that arise in the digitalization and digital transformation processes of the Cantabrian industry.
During the meeting, issues considered critical for the competitiveness of the sector in the region were addressed, such as the digital transformation of the productive fabric and the public sector. Both parties have also agreed that Cantabria must take a step forward in terms of governance of the ICT sector. In this sense, the representatives of the Cluster showed their absolute willingness to collaborate with the Administration in any aspect that is considered appropriate.
Likewise, during the meeting different technological projects were shared that will be addressed in the coming months and in which both entities will collaborate.
INNOVATION COORDINATION COMMITTEE
The Head Office has informed the representatives of the Tera Cluster of the reactivation of the Innovation Coordination Commission of the Government of Cantabria, a transversal body in which six ministries are represented and which has not met since 2020.
This transversal body will promote strategic projects such as the development of the Cantabria RIS3 Intelligent Specialization Strategy. The counselor highlighted that digitalization is present transversally in the five axes of action of the RIS3: Health and Well-being; Industry 4.0; Culture and Tourism; Blue Economy and Offshore Energy, and Agri-Food Sector.
In addition, Arasti has announced that the Innovation Forum will also be reactivated with the participation of all agents in the sector such as technology centers, CEOE, universities, clusters, city councils, Chambers of Commerce, etc.
Likewise, the counselor has conveyed to those responsible for the TERA Cluster the “investment effort” of his department in this matter for next year, with an increase of 24% that seeks to reverse the current situation in Cantabria, which is at the highest distance of the last 18 years from the Spanish average in R&D&I. In this sense, he has pointed out that R&D&i spending in Cantabria in 2022 was 0.9 of GDP, while the Spanish average is 1.4 percent.