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First World Forum of Regional Economic Development

The "First World Forum of Regional Economic Development" will take place in Funchal (Madeira), Portugal on 21-22 March 2005.

21 March 2005 - 22 March 2005

In March 2000, The European Council set the objective of the European Union becoming the worlds most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy by 2010, capable of sustaining economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion while preserving the environment.
This ambitious vision requires all stakeholders including regional and local businesses to mobilise and understand that from now on, as far as the Member States of the European Union are concerned, the key drivers of competitiveness are the production and utilisation of knowledge, entrepreneurship and the power of networks.
Obviously, other countries and regions around the world too, are going to endeavour to improve their competitiveness in the course of this decade.
The First World Forum of Regional Economic Development provides a unique opportunity to exchange European ideas and experiences relating to competitiveness and to gather information on experiments being conducted in other parts of the world.
The invitation to the forum can be downloaded at
For further information please visit or contact Mr Geoffrey Navir at +32 2 218 43 13EURADA , the Association of Regional Development Agencies is a non profit-making organisation aiming to promote regional economic development through dialogue with the European Commission services, interchange of good practice among members, transnational co-operation among members, regional development agencies as a concept.
EURADA gathers around 150 development agencies from 25 countries of both the European Union and Central and Eastern Europe.