The internationalisation of companies from Almeria, based on the results of the research, was the subject of the meeting held on 27 October between the Andalusian Regional Government (hereinafter: Junta de Andalucía) and the University of Almeria.
At this working meeting, organised by Amós García Hueso, Director General of Foreign Relations, and Diego Luis Valera, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, the Managing Director of the Andalusian Agency for Foreign Promotion (EXTENDA), Arturo Bernal Bergua, and the Coordinator of the Andalusian Network, Christian Gross Guille, presented the new lines of action of the Junta de Andalucia to strengthen the presence of Andalusian SMEs in international markets.
Collaborative research projects between the University of Almeria and companies are one of the most effective ways of ensuring that the last ones develop services and products with a high international impact. However, as Arturo Bernal pointed out, the training, specialized consultancy and international promotion work carried out by EXTENDA is crucial if we want to maintain and increase the competitiveness of our companies. Diego Valera stated that the UAL collaborates in more than a hundred research projects with Almeria’s SMEs and highlighted the great acceptance of the “UALTransfierE” programme in the province of Almería. In addition, Amós García Hueso insisted “the current moment demands that we act in a comprehensive and diversified manner, and therefore we must support all areas susceptible to economic and business development that are also sustainable and innovative. The university has been working on research projects that help turn projects into companies and with the collaboration of the Junta de Andalucía we will promote their growth and internationalisation”.
During the meeting, which was also attended by the researchers Juan Reca, Carlos Herrero and Ana Fe Gil Serra, future collaboration between the Andalusian Agency and the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Research was established in order to promote this necessary strategic vision for the future.