Next step: a global cluster

Following the government-initiated audit of competitiveness clusters, the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Marine Cluster is scheduled to be upgraded to «Global Cluster».

On 18 June, the Boston Consulting Group and CM International submitted to Prime Minister François Fillon, the eagerly-awaited report containing an evaluation of the Competitiveness Clusters. All of the 71 clusters recognised since July 2005 were audited by these two firms during the first half of this year.Their assessment shows that to date, 39 clusters meet the goals set up in line with the competitiveness cluster policy, 19 have only partially achieved their goals, whereas 13 may be required to undergo major structural changes.Moreover, the two audit firms have recommended that the PACA Marine Cluster, designated as a «globally-oriented competitiveness cluster », now be upgraded to the category of «Global Cluster », just like its twin, the Brittany Marine Cluster. This new status demonstrates the dynamic economic development of the maritime sector, continuously supported by the Marine Cluster, in the entire region of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur. It also emphasizes the close cooperation and synergy established between the various actors of the regional maritime world including industrialists (SMEs and Groups), researchers and State authorities.The PACA Marine Cluster continues to pursue the deployment of its activities in the two main areas: maritime security and safety, and sustainable development, attesting, in this regard, to the key role of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region on the national and international level and especially at the Euro Mediterranean level.Government conclusions regarding the clusters’ audit are expected to be finalized over the summer. Goals and priorities for each competitiveness cluster will then be stipulated for the forthcoming three-year period.