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CLACDS trains functionaries from the Center for Competitiveness, Universidad de Talca, Chile

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El profesor Lawrence Pratt analizó el tema sobre desarrollo sostenible y turismo rural junto a los participantes.INCAE, June 25, 2013. Six functionaries from the Center for Competitiveness of the Universidad de Talca, Chile, and a representative from the Regional Council of the Maule region, took part this week in the seminar, "Competitiveness with a Focus on Rural Development and Public Policies," taught by the INCAE Business School's Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS).

The goal is to train participants about competitiveness, with a special focus on rural development, and its relationship to local economic development, clusters, and public policy mechanisms linked to development. The seminar was held from June 24-29 at the Walter Kissling Gam campus in Costa Rica. Participants from the Center for Competitiveness of Maule included its director, Jorge Navarrete, as well as Ruth Soto, Nicolás González, Sergio Cerda, Óscar Castro, and Francisco Pérez. The regional councilmember from Maule is Raúl Palacios, who represents ten municipalities.
The Center for Competitiveness of Maule is the result of a strategic partnership between the Universidad de Talca, the Regional Government of Maule, the Corporation to Promote Production (CORFO), and the Regional Agency for Productive Development. Its objective is to support initiatives related to competitiveness undertaken by the private sector, regional socioeconomic agents, Maule's public administration, and all of the region's technological centers. Maulé is one of Chile's fifteen regions, and is comprised of the provinces of Cauquenes, Curicó, Linares and Talca (the regional capital). Some of the topics analyzed at the seminar will include sustainable development and rural tourism, CLACDS's experiences with strategic planning for competitiveness and sustainable development, leadership and negotiations, and Central American regional efforts in competitiveness and trade integration. It also explores human capital and competitiveness and the competitive situation of agribusiness. The case study will be CoopeDota, a cooperative with 800 members (coffee farmers from the Santa María de Dota valley in Costa Rica), whose coffee is certified based on the British Standards Institution's PAS2060 standard that demonstrates carbon neutrality. Participants will visit Monteverde, a community located in northeastern Costa Rica, known for the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, and an example of sustainable rural development linked to the tourism sector. They will also visit Doka Estate, another coffee processing plant located in Poas de Alajuela. Coffee production in Costa Rica is a developing cluster at the national level, and companies that have diversified—especially in rural zones—have had some very successful experiences.
Professors Alberto Trejos, Bernard Kilian, Francisco Leguizamón, Lawrence Pratt and Roberto Artavia are teaching the seminar. Professors Luis Figueroa, Ronald Arce and Sergio Molina Murillo are also participating as guest lecturers.