Presentation on theme: "Introduction in to the West - Pannon Region András Vissi West-Pannon Regional Development Agency - Hradec Králové, 15. November 2005 -"— Presentation transcript:
Introduction in to the West - Pannon Region András Vissi West-Pannon Regional Development Agency - Hradec Králové, 15. November
West - Pannon Region Zala Vas Győr-Moson-Sopron Population: 1 million Area: km2
THE WEST-PANNON REGION OpenBorders 4 countries and speaks 7 languages Gateway to Europe 60% of transport and goods leaves Hungary here Innovation paradox GDP is not all: No. of researchers half of national average PreparedHas wide experience in EU assisted program implementation
Why the region of initiatives? Dynamic economic development (60% of EU 25 GDP) Outstanding foreign capital involvement Open economy, steadily growing and quality export Highly qualified workforce, high employment rate
Business landscape overview in the rank of GDP per capita West Pannonia is the 2nd Győr-Moson-Sopron 2nd, Vas 4th and Zala 6th in county order industrial production since 1991 tripled the highest economic activity is in Vas – 42,8% of actives within the total population, in Zala the lowest with 38,5% the level of unemployment never exceeded 10%, however there are significant differences within the region
Pro’s for the region g eographic location – Austrian, Slovenian, Croation and Slovakian border quality of the human resource high level of economic activity, low level of unemployment – app. 6% relatively balanced economic structure – employment: 4% in agriculture 43% in industry and 53% in service sector with respect to GDP after Budapest the most advanced region high ratio of foreign investment various touristic attractiveness is guaranteed by thermal water, natural environment, wine and gastronomy, cultural programs, traditional values
Con’s the modern, business-related vocational training suffers weaknesses lack of integration of education institutions on regional level despite of low unemployment, threat of companies leaving is valid though in Hungary GDP is high, it is far behind EU average low integration of multinationals into local economy R+D level is low, within Hungary as well average salary level is only 90% of national average, irrespective of high GDP differences within the region are significant, both economicly and socially
Sectoral profile role of agriculture further decreased, from 7% in mid90s to 4% in 2002 in industry the cheap labour based companies left, or leaving within the industry food and light industries were devaluated machinery industry gained share, in Gy-M-S the car manufacturing, in Vas machinery parts, communication technical manufacturing in food industry meat processing, dairy and beverage branches are significant chemical industry started heavily based on CO2 resource in Vas in wood processing the ASZTALOS branch is strong textile industry is fragile, as it is based on cheap labour force costs, suffering from decline
Tourism profile tourism is decisive, 2/3 of settlements is related to tourism, 8 out of 26 national touristic regions is here thermal tourism is the most important, Zala leading, spas in 22 settlements, with internationally competitive service level healing spas: Balf (Sopron), Bük, Győr, Hévíz, Kapuvár, Lenti, Mosonmagyaróvár, Sárvár, Szeleste, Zalakaros, thermal spa in further 12 settlements 77 settlements belong to wine regions, the most important ones are Pannonhalma, Sopron, Somló, Balatonfelvidék – wine routes, wine festivals and celebrations Bicycle tourism is also significant, 300 km road-surface, more than 20% of the total national
Central East European concentration of OEM’s (car and engine plants) 100 km 200 km 300 km 400 km By 2006 Approx. 4-5 million cars in CEE Approx cars within 120 km of Györ Approx. 3.5 million engines within 300 km of Györ Approx. 2.5 milion enignes within 160 km of Györ ?
Pannon Business Initiative Objectives: The development of industries with competitive advantage in the region into networks, The creation of new integration contacts, The definition of regional economic priorities for the distribution of government support, The compatibility of clusters operating in the region.
Clusters in the region Automobile industry – Panac Machinery industry – Chamber of Commerce Thermal and spa tourism – Thermal Cluster Wood industry – Wood cluster Local products cluster Textile cluster