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Toolkit for Designing Regional Competitiveness Agenda is ready now

Ankara, November 2016

The work on “Competitiveness Agenda for the GAP Region” realized in 2007 by the Southeast Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration with technical assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Competitiveness Agenda identified strategies and sectors that would boost the region’s competitiveness and make it a brand to achieve the vision of “Cradle of Sustainable Civilizations” for GAP Region. The projects on renewable energy, organic agriculture, qualified textiles and tourism as proposed in the Competitiveness Agenda were implemented in the GAP Action Plans (2008-2012 and 2014-2018).

The experience of Competitiveness Agenda work at “geographic” scale in the GAP Region sparked the idea of creating a toolkit that would inform and guide the scaling of Level II Regions; replicability, scalability and institutionalization of the methodology and approach of the Competitiveness Agenda; implementation of competitiveness agendas by development agencies that could be integrated into regional development plans.

Starting from this, “Toolkit for Designing Regional Competitiveness Agenda” is prepared by the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) in the context of Competitiveness Agenda for GAP Region Project, implemented by Southeast Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration (GAP RDA) with the technical assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the financial support of European Union.

This toolkit introduces various tools that can be employed to identify regional competitiveness and areas open to development in respect of competition, and discusses the potential contribution of such tools in setting the competitiveness agenda. This toolkit also provides a good opportunity to countries to implement regional policies at national level and promote local development.

The toolkit introduces nine analytical tools which are based on data analyses at varying levels and recommended for use in competitiveness analyses of regions and provinces:

1-      Investment Climate Assessment

2-      Exports Performance and Production Structure Analysis

3-      Value Chain Analysis

4-      Skill Set Analysis effective agendas

5-      Connectivity Analysis

6-      Analysis of External Economic Environment

7-      Analysis of Regional Innovation Ecosystem

8-      Analysis of Local Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

9-      Quality of Life Analysis

The toolkit developed for each area addresses how to conduct analyses of various purposes such as measurement, performance analysis, benchmarking, causation etc., and how they can be interpreted for regional competitiveness agenda.

For Toolkit for Designing Regional Competitiveness Agenda (pdf) click here.