The Andorran government begins to work on creating an “ecosystem” that will bring together the country’s entrepreneurship, innovation, research and business. In order to get acquainted and establish connections with various models, the Minister of Economy and Business, Jordi Gallardo, visited two international schools this Thursday, as well as the Montreal Technopark and the city’s Innovation Quarter. During several working sessions with the heads of institutions, strategic plans were analyzed which will be used for the Andorran model.
The minister explained that “the creation of this ecosystem in Andorra is a request that we have already made to get professionals from various sectors of the country.” “Right now,” he added, “we are finishing work on defining a model that we would like to implement in the short term, and we will also use these meetings to create bridges that will connect the business and innovation sector from Andorra to Canada.”
In this sense, Jordi Gallardo noted that “the institutions we visit are international landmarks that have been identified as a priority for diversifying the economy of Andorra, as well as Healthtech (one of the trends of new companies aimed at the healthcare sector), greentech (new technologies for solving environmental sustainability problems), as well as the use of new information technologies (AI, blockchain, Big data, IoT, …)”.
The Canadian delegation, in turn, will visit Andorra in November 2019 – the Quebec government has already confirmed this information.
The Montreal Technology Park brings together 7350 employees from 140 companies, including Air Canada, Bombardier and Genetec, specializing in advanced technologies in areas such as aerospace, pharmaceutical, information and communication and nanotechnology. The employees of these companies are also focused on research and development.
The technopark combines avant-garde buildings that are cutting-edge in both architectural and technological terms, and encourages the use of alternative vehicles to create an environment conducive to innovation. It was created 30 years ago with the aim of developing innovative projects that will contribute to the development of the country’s economy. The technology park is supported by the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the city of Montreal and four universities (the Higher Technical School, McGill University, Concordia University and the University of Quebec in Montreal), as well as 30 private companies.