Founded in 1986, ANCIM represents 35 municipalities of small Italian islands where residents are over 200,000 people combined. The objectives of the association are to overcome the practice of development centred almost exclusively on tourism and make the islands more sustainable both socially and economically.

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The Bielsko-Biała functional area is organized around the agglomeration of Bielsko-Biała and Czechowice-Dziedzice. The area is socially and economically active, attracts cutting edge technologies, entrepreneurs and investors. Its main goal is sustainable and permanent development that creates favorable conditions for living, high quality services and access to well-developed technical infrastructure.


The gateway of Guangdong to the world, Guangzhou Development District has been committed to international cooperation and established trade relations with more than 100 countries and regions. Pillar industries, namely next-generation information technology, automobile manufacturing, high-end chemical engineering, biopharmaceuticals, new energy, new materials, and food & beverage are well developed.

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Bacau needs to attract new investments for the future. A partnership between local and central public sector is necessary for the growth of the private sector and the generation of sustainable jobs. Currently, Bacau County is facing a demographic decline and a significant part of workforce doesn’t generate added value.

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Beijing has built the Integrated National Demonstration Zone for opening-up the service sector and the pilot free trade zone, whilst seeking to set up the National Service Trade Innovation and Development Demonstration Zone, the Digital Trade Demonstration Zone and the Beijing Stock Exchange, in order to foster new development pattern.

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Castilla y León is Spain’s largest region. Agriculture is its major economic sector but it also has an important industrial fabric, with food and automotive as the main sectors, and focuses on the development of a knowledge-based economy, promoting such as the aerospace industry, renewable energy, health biotechnology or TICs.

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Dalian is an important port city on the northern coast of China with tourism resources. It has a 2,211-km coastline and is the window opening to the world in the Northeast region. A model city for modern logistics, Dalian connects China to Japan, South Korea, Russia, Europe, America and Asia.

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Hangzhou strives to develop an open economy and build a key hub for “Digital Silk Road” to strengthen economic ties with European market. Recently, Hangzhou’s cross-border e-commerce model has been widely promoted. Besides, it has launched the world’s first Electronic World Trade Platform, eWTP public service platform, for overseas development.

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South Bohemia is rich in natural resources. The diversified manufacturing industry and high-quality research & innovation institutions are its strongest strengths. Agriculture and tourism present significantly. Innovative approaches and smart solutions in agriculture are well-covered in RIS3 strategy. The concept of tourism development states the inclination towards sustainable, low-carbon tourism.

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Jinan is a well-connected key city along the new Eurasian land corridors. With the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region to the north, the Yangtze River Delta to the south, Japan and South Korea to the east, and the Yellow River basin to the west, it has a comprehensive network of transportation means.

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Krapina-zagorje County’s economic activities are the production and processing industry, trading, and construction, with potential for IT, transportation, tourism, and sustainable agriculture infrastructure. It is focusing on smart village and smart city development approach, designing and implementing a digital transition strategy, and enabling interconnection between government, academia and private sectors.

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