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Clusters have long attracted the attention of policy makers as geographical agglomeration potentially helps firms, especially MSMEs, to overcome constraints associated with size, promote technological development, productivity enhancement, and enhance their ability to compete in local and global markets. Some very eminent academicians have related strong clusters with competitiveness of regions and nations. Policy makers have therefore used cluster based approaches as a means to achieve a variety of policy objectives viz. competitiveness, inclusive growth, innovation, sustainable production and export promotion, amongst others. The challenge for policy makers and development agencies alike is to provide underperforming clusters with the means to face such challenges. The principles of cluster development provide policy makers with an opportunity to use scarce resources more effectively and efficiently to enhance their outreach and capitalize on the active participation of the private sector for a higher impact. Whether the cluster initiatives with a variety of approaches have translated into the stated objectives can however be debated through global experiences and lessons.

In India the concept of cluster development as a tool for promoting MSMEs was promoted by UNIDO in 1996. Since then the acceptance of the approach has proliferated and till date over 20 schemes and programmes have been initiated in India by several Central Government Ministries, State Government, international organizations, development banks and other institutions. Almost 1500 (industrial clusters – 500 and artisanal clusters – 1000) clusters have been supported under such schemes or programmes. Moreover, the areas of support under the cluster development schemes and programmes have widened from classical objective of promoting productivity enhancement to new thematic areas like promoting innovation, fostering business responsibility, promoting inclusive growth, creating market for business development service (BDS) providers, strengthening cluster infrastructure, etc.

The objective of this conference is to share international experiences and provide insights for designing effective national and regional cluster focused development policies and implementation frameworks. Such policies and frameworks can help in addressing diverse objectives across different sectors viz. industry, agriculture and services.

More specifically, this event will:

  • Provide a platform to discuss the approaches adopted and results achieved through cluster initiatives with a focus on development policy and implementation framework.
  • Capture recent trends taking place in this field across the globe.
  • Demonstrate the Indian cluster development journey, given the presence of a varied typology of clusters and cluster initiatives.

It is expected that around 150 participants from around the globe will participate. The participants would comprise policy makers, academicians, technical and financial institutions, cluster practitioners, industry representatives, etc.



Eminent Speaker

Mr. Madhav Lal
Secretary,
Ministry of MSME,
Government of India

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Speakers

Prof-Y.K-AlaghNew
Prof. Y K Alagh

Chairman

Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC)

grabiel
Mr. Gabriel Casaburi

Lead Specialist

Inter-American Development Bank

karinnew
Ms. Karin Gjerlo

Senior Advisor

Norwegian Cluster Programme Arena

Innovation Norway

mukesh
Mr. Mukesh Gulati

Executive Director

Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC)

Hagenauer02_cThuleGJugNew
Ms. Simone Hagenauer

Project Manager

Ecoplus

ThomasNew
Mr. Thomas Lämmer-Gamp

Director

VDI/VDE Innovation & Technik GmbH

in Berlin, Germany

santosh
Dr. Santosh Mehrotra

Director General

Institute for Applied Manpower Research

(IAMR)

nadvi
Dr. Khalid Nadvi

Political Economist and Reader

University of Manchester

GerardoNew
Mr. Gerardo Patacconi

Unit Chief, Clusters and Business Linkages Unit

UNIDO

carlo
Dr. Carlo Pietrobelli

Lead Specialist

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

rcm
Mr. RCM Reddy

M.D & CEO

IL&FS

ressi
Mr. Christoph Matthias Reiss-Schmidt

Head of International Projects

EU Projects

neelabh

Mr. Neelabh Singh

Head of Strategic Projects

Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster 

Maira

Mr. Arun Maira

Member of the Planning Commission

Government of India

Arno2

Dr. Arno Schafer

EU Projects

India & Bhutan

Niksa

Mr. Niksa Bulatovic

Consultant

CEED Consulting

Nicola

Mr. Nicola D. Coniglio

Senior Lecturer

University of Bari

Sinha2

Mr. Amarendra Sinha

Additional Secretary & Development Commissioner

DC (MSME)

Massard

Dr. Guillaume Massard

Senior Consultant

Oneco-Industrial Parks Development

and Management Tools and Policies

Keerti

Mr. Keerthi Laal

Consultant – Program Coordinator

Office of Advisor to PM on

Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations

Naidu

Mr. B.V.Naidu

Chairman and CEO

Sagitaur Ventures India Pvt. Ltd.

Ajay

Mr. Ajay Shankar

Member Secretary

National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC)

meenu

Ms. Meenu Tewari

Associate Professor

University of North Carolina

sarita

Dr. Sarita Nagpal

Principal Adviser

Confederation of Indian Industry

Adnan

Dr. Adnan Seric

Industrial Development Expert and Policy Researcher

UNIDO

Gilles

Mr. Gilles Galtieri

SME Consortia Development Consultant

UNIDO-Vienna

amit

Mr. Amit Kumar

Senior Technical Expert

GIZ

Surendra

Mr. Surendra Nath Tripathi

Joint Secretary

Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India

BHAnil

Mr. B. H. Anil Kumar

Joint Secretary

Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India

Bhaskar

Dr. Bhasker Chatterjee

Director General & CEO

Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA)

Paolo

Mr. Paolo Bellamoli

International Projects Director

Fondazione CUOA

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It is expected that 200 participants from around the globe will participate.
Till date 150 participants have confirmed.

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