Representatives of the Region Visit Düsseldorf

Miroslav Novák, President of the Moravian-Silesian Region, and other representatives of the area set off for Düsseldorf, where they presented the potential of the region at a meeting with the leaders of the VDMA NRW mechanical engineering cluster. The update of the existing agreement between the Moravian-Silesian Region and North Rhine-Westphalia has been agreed by the representatives of the region and Guenter Horzetzky, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Both sides have exchanged their experience gained from the decline and necessary restructuring of heavy industry and mining. "During roundtable discussions we and our German partners focused on the possibilities of cluster cooperation, particularly the mechanical engineering, biomedical and automotive clusters. The German energy sector and predominantly its restructuring along with nuclear power plants being gradually phased out is a great opportunity for companies associated in the National Mechanical Engineering Cluster. North Rhine-Westphalia is industrially the most advanced federal state with the largest share of German GDP, which shows the sophistication and high added value of its industry, "says Miroslav Novák, President of the Moravian-Silesian Region.

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the representatives of the region have agreed to update the agreement entered into by the Moravian-Silesian Region and North Rhine-Westphalia in 2002. Its objective is the exchange of experience and economic offers as well as the mutual support of both our regions. "We want to extend the agreement with cooperation in promising fields, such as biotechnology, IT, digital management, intelligent traffic and clean energy. We have also discussed the possibility of using the capacity of our supercomputers for German companies," added President Miroslav Novák.

The updated agreement should be ready for signing later this year. Both parties have agreed to prepare a work programme with proposed dates for future regular meetings.

The Moravian-Silesian Agency for Regional Development together with the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Dusseldorf, CzechTrade and NRW Invest participated in preparing the whole event. “Providing information about our region in areas abroad that have a similar industrial structure, comparable history and promising future is highly desirable. This makes developing specific business relationships and projects much easier. Thanks to the participation of companies from our region that we involved, we did it again," said Petra Chovanioková, Director of the Agency for Regional Development.

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