Best practices in cluster development focus of New Delhi conference
NEW DELHI, 20 February 2014 - Some 200 participants from over twenty countries, including experts from Argentina, Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, India, Iran, Montenegro, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, and Viet Nam, discussed cluster development best practices and challenges at a conference in New Delhi today.
They shared experience in facilitating sustainable production and promoting innovation in clusters, as well as in ways of achieving market-led inclusive growth, conducive eco systems and developing country policies in the field.
The Conference on Cluster Development was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Foundation for MSME clusters, The Competitiveness Institute (TCI), and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). It was sponsored, among others, by the European Union, SIDBI, the Indian Institute for Corporate Affairs (IICA), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Embassy of Switzerland.
“Globally, UNIDO has registered a growing interest in promoting SMEs cluster development, a key industrial policy instrument that can help address multiple issues including sustainability, inclusiveness, innovation, manufacturing value addition and market access across the world,” said Gerardo Patacconi, Chief of UNIDO’s Clusters and Business Linkages Unit.
“Evidence shows that it is possible to increase income and jobs by creating local networks of producers, clusters and consortia and linking them to industrial parks, special economic zones, and to global supply chains through partnerships with global retailers and manufacturers.”
Participants agreed that while many challenges still exist, an area of prime concern continues to be sustainability. The European Union, for example, is addressing this through its Switch Asia Network Programme, and a number of related projects are currently under implementation in India.
For more information, visit the conference website
Chief, UNIDO Clusters and Business Linkages Unit