More Interventions

Furthermore, it is pertinent to mention that UNIDO CND methodology was projected to and is customized & adopted by a number of national counterparts including the Ministries of Industry, Commerce, Textiles and Science & Technology; the Planning Commission, the Technology Upgradation & Skill Development Company (TUSDEC), the provincial industrial development departments specially PSIC , the LUMS , the UOG , the EDB , the PCSIR , the CSF , the BSF , and other cluster stakeholders. Tabulated below are series of collaborative/matchmaking initiatives by cluster actors to undertake cluster development approach in their concerned projects and areas-of-interest:

Collaborative ActivityOutput produced
or service delivered
Outcome observed
National programme co-ordination team maintained and expandedCore team of national expertise in place to disseminate UNIDO SME CND methodology.  Increasing capacities of national team to manage programme independently and provide support to external programmes.
Training programme initiated for cluster development agents (CDAs) to manage projects sponsored by national counter-part agencies.20 CDAs and officials from six national government and private-sector bodies (NGOs) trained under UNIDO CND
Anticipated expansion of nationally implemented CND projects.
Support given to national “One Village, One Product” programme to use UNIDO CND methodology in its implementation.Dissemination of UNIDO CND methodology to national “One Village, One Product” programme called “AHAN”.Anticipated effective implementation of national “One Village, One Product”
programme using UNIDO methodology.
Support to UNIDO Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) projectCompilation of report on ‘Compliance Issues Affecting Enterprise Clusters in Punjab Province of Pakistan’Increased effectiveness in addressing developmental challenges faced by SME clusters through adoption of a holistic approach.
Support given to Engineering Development Board (EDB) with respect to Diagnostic StudyDissemination of UNIDO CND approach to potential partner agenciesVision and action plan establishment for light engineering clusters using UNIDO methodology.
Technical & in-kind support provision to Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) and networks during the matchmaking eventsInitiation of safety standards trainings and follow-up projectsThe programme may expand to include agreements and MOUs among stakeholders through UNIDO support.
Matchmaking support given to Business Support Fund (BSF) in linkages development with clustersNetwork based projects have been approved, worked-upon and further projects are in pipelineDissemination of cluster development concept and recognition of UNIDO work methodology in the eyes of counterparts prompting to follow the same
Matchmaking support given to Competitive Support Fund (CSF) in linkages development with cluster enterprisesNetwork based projects have been approved, worked-upon and further projects are in pipelineDissemination of cluster development concept and recognition of UNIDO work methodology in the eyes of counterparts prompting to follow the same
Support given to Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) while assuming the role of cluster development through ownership transferThe ownership transfer to parent agency thus depicting the acknowledgement of cluster development conceptInclusion of cluster development through UNIDO concept in the mandate of TDAP & subsequent addition of more clusters under this initiative
Matchmaking support provision to technical/training cluster institutes and BDS providersCustomized training programmes
Increased quality certification consultancy in clusters
Entrepreneurial traffic building to institutes; realization of mandate of relative institutes and cluster growth at all fronts
Support given to Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) to develop linkages in clustersCluster based meetings are convened and TUSDEC has requested for an awareness workshop on CDP
Support given to Punjab Small Industries Corporation to undertake UNIDO methodology in new clustersPSIC has requested to launch a CDA training programme in new clustersAnticipated effective implementation of developmental efforts in new industrial clusters using UNIDO methodology.
Provision of support services to SME networks to enhance collective efficiency, competitiveness and market development through matchmaking with cluster institutes and BDS providersTechnology, quality, certification and productivity related projects are in placeImproved competitiveness and growth in joint initiatives by SME networks and consortia for improved performance reaping benefits through networking model
Collaboration with other relevant UNIDO projects – i.e. SF/PAK/04/002; EE/PAK/ 04/001; DZ/PAK/07/001 and US/GLO/ 04/116 to maximize synergies and developmental impact.Support given to clusters covered by SF/PAK/04/002; Studies for quality improvement needs of selected clusters undertaken in connection with EE/PAK/ 04/001; Joint CSR approaches identified with US/GLO/04/116; Support given to DZ/PAK/07/001 in identifying project staff.Increased effectiveness in addressing development challenges faced by SME clusters through adoption of a holistic approach.
University of Gujrat (UOG), a premier higher education institute in Gujrat, requested UNIDO to collaborate to establish ‘Industry - academia linkages’ using cluster development approach.Strengthening the relationship of academic institutes with the clusters, for capacity building, R&D and transferring the ownership of the concept to UOG for value addition to the clusters in Golden Triangle (Gujranwala, Gujrat and Sialkot)Long-term sustainability of the programme and real time value addition to the poverty alleviation, gender promotion and export enhancement for Pakistan.
Collaborating with educational institutes like Lahore University of Management Sciences, research papers are developed in collaboration with LUMS,
Inventory Management exercise conducted for the model companies of Lahore Woven Garments Cluster

A formal request have been received from LUMS for UNIDO assistance in research project for UNDP GENPRO project I garments cluster Lahore.


Computer Science department of LUMS  is in the process of launching Open Source ASP Model for SME in which the department wants  UNIDO to be partner of the project.

Industry Academia linkage creation and strengthening,
The inventories were found to be on satisfactory level

UNIDO CDP team is providing the LUMS team with contact information of the real entrepreneurs in Lahore Woven Garments cluster


The department is in the process of mobilizing funds from High Education Commission of Pakistan

Image building of Country and its business community in literary world as well as business world.

Linkage creation with educational, research institutes as well as other organization like UNDP projects such as

Dissemination and recognition of Cluster and Network Development concept of UNIDO

First Phase of 2nd Cluster Development Agents Training programme was conducted in SMEDA Head Office Sindh (Feb. 14-16, 2007) in partnership with UNIDO India, TDAP for the following agencies in Sindh

  • SMEDA Sindh
  • AHAN Team (present and working in all four provinces of Pakistan
  • Lahore Garments City Company (LGCC), Ministry of Textile and Industry
  • Trade Development authority of Pakistan
  • Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Thardeep (NGO)

Third Phase of 2nd CDA Training conducted in SMEDA Office Karachi from 15-20 April 2008

Visit of Associate National Expert to AHAN and SMEDA Balochistan to present the CND concept of UNIDO to SMEDA and AHAN team a

Review meeting is scheduled from 12-14 May 2008

20 Cluster Development Agents were trained for Sindh province of Pakistan, diagnostic studies developed  


Diagnostic studies and action plans were presented by the CDAs




Presented the CND concept to AHAN and SMEDA Provincial Chief along his team. Visited the Balochi Chappal Cluster to support AHAN team there. AHAN Regional Manager extended formal request to UNIDO for extending the current UNIDO support to 6 more clusters in the province (Please see annexure VI)

Finalization of the Diagnostic Studies

Dissemination and recognition of Cluster and Network Development concept of UNIDO to different agencies and departments of Sindh Province