Cooperation and Development Institute in partnership with Durres Municipality – both partners of PoWER project – hosted the Second Transnational Meeting of the project “Ports as Driving Wheels of Entrepreneurial Realm” (PoWER) on June 20 -21. The meeting took place at the Municipality of Durres and was opened with the welcoming speeches of Mr. Florian Tahiri – Deputy Mayor of Durres, Mrs. Sonila Toska – Vice Executive Director of the Durres Port Authority and Mr. Marco Padula – Representative of the Lead Partner of PoWER, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) of Italy.
Since PoWER aims to support the evolution of ports into Innovation Hubs, which are able to act as new transmission belts between regions, and to exploit their entrepreneurial potential, the first day the partners discussed the state of art of the project operations and their advancement. During the second day, the partners presented the results of the data gathering process on energy consumption and energy efficiency on the Pilot Ports, where Durres Port is one of them. Then the participants advanced with the methodology preparation of the Entrepreneurial Gaming of PoWER which will aim to foster collaboration among the key-actors of the Innovation Supply Chain (ISC) like schools, universities, research bodies, targeted young groups or organizations, enterprises and public administrations.
Because PoWER focuses on ports as drivers for boosting integration, innovation and growth of the local hidden potential, CDI is invested in mapping the energy efficiency needs of Durres Port and reach the youth, students, research organizations etc., to get involved in further exploring the port coexistence models with the citizens and by also encouraging them to offer creative solutions proposals to those needs.
The project is leaded by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) and its partnered by C.N.A. National Confederation of Handcrafts and of SMEs – Association of Province of Ravenna, Rijeka Development agency Porin Ltd., Centre for Economic, Technological and Environmental Development Sarajevo, European Affairs Fund – AP Vojvodina, Cooperation and Development Institute (CDI), Municipality of Durrës, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Chamber of Thesprotia. The project is supported by ADRION Programme.