Klaipėda 2030 – ranked among the best city FDI promotion strategies at the emerging Europe awards

2018-05-07

Klaipėda city’s economic development strategy Klaipėda 2030 has been nominated in the City FDI Promotion Strategy of the Year category at this year’s Emerging Europe Awards.

The city of Klaipėda has shown that it understands what economic specialization and effective solutions are needed to achieve its vision  by pivoting the focus of Klaipėda’s 2030 strategy towards what has facilitated economic development in Europe’s fastest growing countries.  Key tasks to achieve the priorities are focusing on attracting international higher education institutions to the city and the creation of faster investment implementation terms.

The economic development strategy was created, and is to be implemented, by a joint team consisting of specialists from Klaipėda City Municipality, Klaipeda Free Economic Zone, the Port of Klaipėda, Klaipėda University, the Association of Klaipėda's Industrialists, Klaipėda Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts.

"When we introduced Klaipėda 2030 strategy, we received a lot of positive feedback from business, other cities and central government – as we are the first city to develop this kind of strategy in Lithuania. The fact that the initiative has been recognized abroad also means that we are on the right track,” - says the mayor of Klaipėda Vytautas Grubliauskas.

25.000 new jobs, 2.000 new companies, 1.5 billion EUR flow of FDI, 200 % increase in export, population growth of 40.000, double increase in salary and 400.000 tourists accommodated – that’s the economic ambition of Klaipėda by 2030.

The final winner in the City FDI promotion strategy of the year category will be revealed on June 22 at the Emerging Europe Awards Ceremony. Every year Emerging Europe Awards evaluate the best emerging European projects, initiatives, and share good practices among 23 European countries.

Source: Klaipėda Free Economic Zone

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