5 May 2021
Orkestra shares its research on territorial competitiveness and policies with a wide network of universities, associations and international institutions, learning from other international experiences and contributing to the positioning of the Basque Country as a reference in competitiveness and wellbeing.
In line with this commitment, the Basque Institute of Competitiveness has signed a collaboration agreement with one of the research laboratories of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Spatial Productivity Lab (SPL), which researches the ways in which regional policy can contribute to improving productivity and, consequently, to the creation of better jobs and wellbeing.
This laboratory is part of the OECD's Trento Centre for Local Development, whose mission is to build capacities for local development in different countries, working directly with policy makers at all levels of government. Orkestra's general director, Mari Jose Aranguren, believes that the collaboration between the two institutions will help to "strengthen the international positioning of the Institute and will enrich its knowledge on issues that are critical for the competitiveness and wellbeing of the Basque Country".
Through this agreement Orkestra and the OECD will collaborate in defining a research agenda and will share knowledge and experiences in areas such as public policy, innovation, or key factors for building the resilience of a territory in the face of the impact of COVID-19.
15 years of research with an impact on the competitiveness of the Basque Country
The signing of the agreement with the OECD coincides with Orkestra's 15th anniversary. The institute was created in April 2006 and since then it has become an international reference in regional competitiveness. In fact, it is currently considered the European research institute with the greatest experience and knowledge in this field, especially in contributing, through research, to the challenges of competitiveness in practice.
During these 15 years, Orkestra has participated in more than 500 research projects in collaboration with different competitiveness agents having a practical impact on challenges and has published 250 scientific articles and 175 books and reports of its own. It currently collaborates with more than 100 institutions, 46 of which are international, and has 6 active diagnostic observatories.
The mission of Orkestra is to be an agent of change through research, promoting competitiveness at the service of wellbeing. To do so, it collaborates closely with the agents of the territory and has the support of the following public and private entities, which provide stability to the project: SPRI, the Provincial Councils of Araba, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, Bilbao City Council, Repsol-Petronor, Iberdrola, the Basque Energy Agency (EVE) and the BBK Foundation.
Its work has an international impact, as shown in Harvard's Orkestra Case or the use of its methodologies by the European Commission. The knowledge generated also serves as a basis for policies in the Basque Country, as is the case of the new Science, Technology and Innovation Plan - Basque Country 2030.