Government of Punjab Cluster Development Programme

In August 2004 the provincial government of Punjab has also adopted the UNIDO SME cluster development approach to promote the development of the following seven clusters:

  • Ceramics and pottery, Gujrat
  • Domestic electrical appliances, Gujrat/Gujranwala
  • Leather and leather products (including sports goods), Sialkot
  • Woodworking, Chiniot (Jhang district)
  • Cotton ginning, Rahim Yar Khan
  • Handloom weaving, Multan
  • Textile machinery spare parts and components, Faisalabad

The programme have been implemented primarily by the Punjab Small Industries Corporation (PSIC) with funding for the first phase to the tune of PRs 10.98 million (approximately US$ 200,000) obtained from the Government of the Punjab.  SMEDA have provided support in cash and kind, and UNIDO has provided assistance in specific fields of the Organization’s expertise including TOT training and CDA training.

A Cluster development team was hired (1 project manager and 8 cluster development agents) after which TOT and CDA training programmes were conducted. Seven diagnostic studies have been developed under this project and some sub projects have been completed and others are in process of completion.

A formal request has been received from PSIC to start another project keeping in view the success of the previous one.  

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"A cluster is a sectoral and geographical concentration of small/medium enterprises facing common opportunities and threats."
Definition of a cluster