Integrated Cluster Development Programme 2009-2014

A five-year Integrated Cluster Development Programme (ICDP) 2009-2014 was signed in Vienna on 7 August, 2009.

The programme goal is to find an answer to a number of constraints affecting the performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The programme agreement was signed by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella and Secretary Ajay Shankar from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, on behalf of the Government of India.

The programme focuses on eight areas in India: promoting business expansion, income and job creation; environment and product quality; and community development.

During the implementation,the ICDP will contribute to poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.

The US $ 5.9 million cluster development programme will focus on technology, management, skill development and the environment. It will be implemented by year 2014 at locations such as Pithampur, Chennai, Pune, Ankleshwar, Kanpur and Delhi, matching the specific needs of each industrial cluster.

It will offer solutions to the focus areas to help address technology, quality or environmental issues through a comprehensive package of services; from energy efficiency and water conservation to cleaner production and lean manufacturing.

“The 2009-2014 Integrated Cluster Development Programme for India will help tackle poverty issues and contribute to environmental sustainability”, Kandeh Yumkella said.

“Lowering the consumption of energy, raw materials and water in industry; reducing the waste and pollution intensity of enterprises and improving the productivity of industries, leading to enhanced competitiveness – these are the essential underpinnings of the ICDP. Through this flagship project, we want to avail of UNIDO’s expertise in the key areas  to attain our vision of a Green Industry”, said Mr. Ajay Shankar.

The programme combines projects that will help improve resource productivity and environmental performance of SMEs, in particular in the automotive components, leather and chemical sectors.

Meeting the Millennium Development Goals

In terms of international development goals, the ICDP contributes to the attainment of UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 on poverty eradication by targeting clusters that create employment for low income groups and other under-privileged segments of the society. At the same time, the focus of ICDP on cleaner production, energy efficiency and water conservation also supports MDG 7 on environmental sustainability and MDG 8 on partnerships for development.