30 January 2014

International Conference

"Changing Paradigm of Cluster Development Approach"

20-22 February 2014, New Delhi, India


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Download the conference brochure.


Registration still open!



The conference will be jointly organized by UNIDO, Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the TCI Network.



Over 50 organizations and an estimated 150 persons from across the globe are expected. Besides eminent cluster experts and economists, the Conference will also have the presence of policy makers, industry representatives, financial and development institutions and practitioners too. There will also be scope for business networking and visits to clusters and discuss with cluster stakeholders their experiences and expectations form cluster development approach.



The conference will be held at the Lalit Hotel in New Delhi.



Promoting competitiveness of MSMEs through Cluster Development Programmes (CDPs) has been adopted as an important tool for MSME development by policy makers around the world. Globally, while UNIDO has been instrumental in implementing and policy making in over 25 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and East Europe, the TCI Network has also played an important role in propagating the cluster concept through its annual conferences.


In India too, the concept has been accepted and up-scaled by policy makers during the last decade by several Ministries and national and international agencies. These efforts have also led to creation of specialized cluster development approaches and methodologies beyond productivity and competitiveness. FMC and CII have played a proactive role in this process both in India and also in various developing countries. Subsequently, GIZ and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) from India have also actively promoted cluster development with BDS, business responsibility and innovation as focus areas. Of late the EU has also supported a programme for promoting sustainable production in India.


Needless to say, numerous such experiences have been witnessed in countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Slovenia, South Africa, Montenegro, Iran, France, Germany, UK, Egypt, Ethiopia, Uganda, etc. to name a few.


Objective of the conference:

Accordingly, the objective of the conference is to share global experiences and thus provide insights for designing effective national and regional cluster development policies and implementation frameworks to:

- Enhance industrial productivity

- Alleviate poverty through micro enterprise development

- Promote innovation

- Promote sustainable production

- Build common infrastructure

- Ensure sustainable production



The Conference is structured around

(a) one and half days of deliberation covering issues like promoting clusters through Global Value Chain (GVC), promoting responsible business along with growth, M&E of cluster programmes, learning from global champion clusters, policy framework and break-out sessions on role of cluster development programmes for sustainable production, innovation, inclusive growth, infrastructure development, technology transfer, etc.


(b) half day of networking event to create linkages with cross country representatives and


(c) one day visit to an engineering and a handicraft cluster respectively. Special meetings and cluster visits will also be organized on request.



A number of high-profile speakers have confirmed their participation. Latest updates are available on the conference website.


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We eagerly look forward to your participation,


The conference organizing team



Sukanya Banerjee

Head - Training and Capacity Building Division Foundation for MSME Clusters

Email: sukanya.banerjee@msmefoundation.org