Centre for Research and Development in the wood-processing industry opened in Gradiška
Today, as part of the project “Gradiška – the City of Wood”, the Centre for Research and Development in the wood-processing industry was officially opened in Gradiška. At the press conference organized on that occasion, the main project goals, planned activities, as well as project partners were presented.
By applying modern equipment and digital tools, the Center for Research and Development will provide numerous business development services for companies in the wood-processing industry, and contribute to the creation of new and high quality jobs in the area of Gradiška, Srbac, Laktasi and Kozarska Dubica. The total value of the project is more than 700,000 KM, out of which the European Union through the EU4Business project in Bosnia and Herzegovina provided a grant of more than 550,000 KM. The leading implementer of the project is the City of Gradiška, and the partners are the Technical School in Gradiška and BOR d.o.o. Gradiška.
“Today, we are opening the Centre for Research and Development in the wood-processing industry, which will provide support to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the city of Gradiška and the municipalities of Srbac, Laktaši and Kozarska Dubica. The centre will help them become more competitive in domestic and international markets. We hope that this R&D centre will be put to a good use by local SMEs, helping them in their accelerated recovery process and sustainable growth.”, said Stefano Donati, Political Advisor – Head of Banja Luka Office, Delegation of the European Union to BiH & European Union Special Representative in BiH
“There are no scientific innovations without cooperation with the economic actors and there is no economy without the full use of all the scientific research potentials that we have. The Centre opened today in Gradiška, will certainly be a gathering place and creation of a completely new ecosystem that includes the city administration, educational sector with the Technical School, and economic acters through cooperation with wood-processing companies. This is a good model that we, from the level of the RS Government, will try to transfer in the other regions, in cooperation with potential donors and all other stakeholders.”, said Srđan Rajčević, Minister of Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society in the Government of Republika Srpska.
“The city administration, together with the department for local economic development and international projects and the Development Agency of the City of Gradiška, recognized that our wood industry needs new products, new technologies, new improvements because technologies in this area lag far behind the technologies in the EU markets. Here we will create an opportunity for young people to be employed, for them to create, model, design new products in the wood-processing industry. Also, they will make prototypes in our Technical School with the help of the private company “Bor” from Gradiška. This will enable our companies to faster enter serial production processes”, said Zoran Adžić, the Mayor of Gradiška.
EU4Business is the European Union’s project aiming to strengthen Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capacity for economic growth and employment by fostering competitiveness and innovation in selected sectors. EU4Business is worth EUR 16.1, out of which 15 million funded by the European Union and the EUR 1.1 million funded by the Federal Republic of Germany. The project is jointly implemented by GIZ, UNDP and ILO, from April 2018 to March 2022. EU4Business is part of the Local Self-Government and Economic Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina supported by the German Government.