Joint Innovation and Location Promotion of the Cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Jura
The amalgamation of BaselArea, i-net innovation networks Switzerland and China Business Platform was announced (media release) at the end of April 2015. This step brings together under one roof innovation and location promotion for the Cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Jura in Northwestern Switzerland.
Consolidation of promotion organisations supported entirely or mainly by the cantons enables resources to be bundled and focus to be placed on topics where the region has or can still develop competitive advantages. Set-up of the new organisation is to be completed by the beginning of 2016.
The newly established organisation will consolidate the key competences and activities of the three organisations into a standardised product and services portfolio and use existing synergies to increase transparency from the customer’s perspective. The joint organisational structure aims to improve how the region appears to the outside world.
With the integration of China Business Platform (CBP) into joint innovation promotion, CBP’s services will in future not only be available to companies from the Cantons of Basel-Stadt and Jura, but also to companies from the Canton of Basel-Landschaft. In recent years, CBP has been able to build up a successful range of services in the spheres of consultation, arranging contacts and the China network.
Cantonal economic development activities such as business support are not affected by the fusion. The cantons continue to be responsible for the prevailing conditions and support of businesses located there.
The new organisation will focus on the theme of innovation promotion. It will work together very closely with and provide various services for Swiss Innovation Park Northwestern Switzerland (SIP NWCH), which is currently being set up.
i-net innovation networks
Dr. Christof Klöpper