Trieste - Manufacturing and R&D are the two driving factors in a region’s growth and development. It’s a notion that underpinned the Memorandum of Understanding between the AREA Science Park and the Port System Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea, signed in Trieste in the presence of the President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region. The two organizations wish to join forces to create an innovative industrial development model, one based on integrating and enhancing those assets already in the territory, ranging from port logistics to the high concentration of research centres staffed with highly qualified specialists. Thanks to its geographical location, and the existence of an infrastructure network that make it a strategic hub for the transport of freight from Central Europe and the Balkans to eastern markets, Trieste, and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region have always possessed a global vocation. With this protocol, which has a duration of three years, the two companies will establish specialized roundtable committees to foster dialogue and exchange opportunities to identify courses of action that will attract new investments in an increasingly competitive and productive territory. In order to attract firms in the high-tech sector, those steeped in innovation such as the so-called “circular economy”, logistics, and the manufacturing-sector, in particular, there’ll be an emphasis on finding and trying new approaches. Special attention will be paid to those industries that are non-polluting, that favour limited use of raw materials, and take into account possible useful applications of by-products and waste.