Carlos Tarrasón presented on May 30, 2019, in Santo Domingo, the study and diagnosis of the Agricultural Chains of Dominican Republic, with the objective of increasing the competitiveness of the supply and the quality of the goods and services produced in the country and support the strategic plan of the agricultural sector. The study presents the results of the analysis of ten value chains for agricultural products in the Dominican Republic: avocado, cacao, banana, coconut, mango, pineapple, greenhouse vegetables, oriental vegetables, passion fruit and cassava. The project was carried out in partnership with the "Consejo Nacional de Competitividad" of Dominican Republic and with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

In this article, published by Carlos Tarrasón and Vinícius Dias, national and international strawberry market data are presented, as well as alternatives for more profitable and competitive productions. Production and consumption are increasing both in Brazil and in other countries, generating opportunities for small, medium and large producers. In addition, the fruit has attracted producers because of its rapid returns, since the time between growing the seedlings and harvesting is only 45 days.

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On May 13th and 14th, 2019, Carlos Tarrasón held the first training in Competitiveness for SEBRAE-MG. The capacitation consisted of a training on concepts, policies and instruments for the competitiveness of territories, and included concepts such as clusters and GVC and tools for strategic construction for a sector or collective.

On April 10, 2019, Carlos Tarrasón spoke at the "Working Group of Experts on Subnational Competitiveness" - GTECS Ecuador - on Intelligent Specialization and Development of Territorial Vocations. The event aimed to promote the debate on subnational competitiveness and the knowledge about the different methodologies in the elaboration of reports, measurements and agendas of competitiveness in the provinces, states, subregions, and cities among South American agents.

On February 28th, 2019, Cluster Consulting presented the results of the South of Bahia Cocoa Sector Strategic Analysis project for producers and agents related to the cocoa chain in the city of Ilhéus, Bahia. The project began in October 2018, with the objective of guiding the producers and companies of the region in their strategic vision of medium and long term. The work was an initiative of SEBRAE-BA and the Arapyaú Institute.

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On January 15th, 2019, the Prioritization of Agro-Export Chains for the Dominican Republic project was started. The project will analyze 10 value chains of the country, with elaboration of a strategic plan, recommendations of prioritization and actions for the future. The project is an initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the National Competitiveness Council of the Dominican Republic.

On December 18th, 2018 we presented the Local Competitiveness Study of the Homemade Biscuits of the Region of Vitória da Conquista and Condeúba in Vitória da Conquista, aiming to enhance the development of biscuit producers in the regions. The work was developed in partnership with SEBRAE-BA and the Prefecture of Vitória da Conquista and started on the October 10th, 2018.

On December 5th of 2018, Carlos Tarrasón, the director of Cluster Consulting, attended the Seminar on Intelligence for Local Economic Development organized by SEBRAE-MG. Carlos presented a lecture on the Development of Territorial Vocations and Smart Specialization, presenting examples of how to address the development policies.

The 13th November 2018, Carlos Tarrasón will be presenting in the 2nd Seminar about "The future in food & beverages", organized by FIERGS and SEBRAE-RS in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. 

During July the 2nd and 3rd of 2018 Carlos Tarrasón was part in Madrid of the first TCI working group discussing the best practices for worldwide cluster digitization. Carlos Tarrasón represented Brasil and also there were members from Spain, Country Basc, Portugal Iceland, Germany and Canada representing governments, clusteres and think tanks. 

The 7th June 2018, Carlos Tarrasón was at the X Congress Latin American integration routes in Porto Alegre, RS. Presented his experience about how regional cooperation increases competitiveness through the clusters and showed some examples from RS clusters. See presentation here.