Competitiveness in South East Europe

A Policy Outlook

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Future economic development and the wellbeing of citizens in South East Europe (SEE) depend more than ever on greater economic competitiveness. To underpin the drive to improve competitiveness and foster private investment, an integrated policy approach is needed. This first edition of Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook seeks to help policy makers in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia assess their progress towards their growth goals and benchmark them against the good practices adopted by OECD countries and the performance of their regional peers.

This report addresses 15 policy dimensions critical to competitive economies that draw on the South East Europe 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020), a regional growth strategy drawn up by the Regional Cooperation Council and adopted by SEE governments in 2013. The qualitative assessments presented herein use scoring frameworks to enable regional comparisons. A participatory assessment process – that brings together regional policy networks and organisations, policy makers, independent experts and the private sector – ensures a balanced view of performance.



Cultural and creative sectors in South East Europe

Cultural industries produce a good or service with a characteristic, use or purpose that incorporates culture. Creative industries use culture as an input, but where products and services are primarily functional. This chapter on the Cultural and Creative Sectors Dimension focuses on three sub-dimensions in its assessment of performance and policy development. The Cultural Heritage Sub-Dimension examines progress in building heritage management models, implementing cultural tourism action plans and adopting a common regional approach advocated by the Ljubljana Process II. The Audiovisual Sector Sub-Dimension gauges the development level of audiovisual strategies, film co-production and co-distribution policy, and film heritage protection strategies. The Design and Creative Industries Sub-Dimension assesses government activities and strategies to promote the industries as key components of local economic development.




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