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IssueXI, January 2005

National Summit on “Common Infrastructure for Competitive SME clusters in the Textile Sector”, New Delhi - 10 March 2005

SME clusters in India see their competitiveness adversely affected by gaps in the access to critical infrastructure. Despite the existence of several Government schemes to create common infrastructures, joint action is missing and firms often have to operate in isolation with poor sustainability.
In order to identify a conducive environment and a strategy for the creation of effective cluster level infrastructure, a national Summit on “Common Infrastructure for Competitive SME Clusters” will be held in New Delhi on 10th March 2005 with a focus on textile clusters. The Summit is jointly organized by the UNIDO Cluster Development Programme, the Ministry of Textiles, the Textiles Committee and Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services ltd. (IL&FS)
For more, [email protected]

UNIDO-ILO course on SME Cluster Development: Principles and Practice – Turin, Italy April 2005

After the success of the first edition of the course jointly organised by UNIDO and the International Training Centre of the ILO, the second programme "Helping SME clusters in developing countries meet their potential in the globalized economy" will be held in Turin (Italy), from 18 to 29th of April, 2005. The 2 weeks intensive coure will include clusters visits in Italy.
The programme is aimed at planners and managers of SME development and local economic development projects. Participants from organizations providing financial services or business development services are welcome as are staff from local/central government agencies, and SME support agencies.
For more: en/doc/4815

Joint Learning Workshop on “Cluster Development and Poverty Alleviation” at Sindhudurg, October 2004

UNIDO CDP organised a Joint Learning Workshop in the cluster of Sindhudurg to create a forum for discussion and experience sharing on the impact of cluster development on poverty. The objective was to bring together practitioners of MSE cluster development and experts in the field of poverty to compare experiences and identify good practices in the areas of:
 Gender equality
 Participation of the poor
 SHGs and NGOs functioning
 Credit
 Market linkages.
The District Collector Mr Pramod Nalawade inaugurated the 3-days workshop attended by around 20 professionals and numerous local stakeholders. The Workshop was promoted by UNIDO and jointly organised with NABARD, which is the principal support institution to the programme in Sindhudrurg.
For a full account of learning and recommendations, look at the spotlight section

Madhya Pradesh to Launch Projects in more Artisanal Clusters

The Govt of Madhya Pradesh, together with Central Govt and UNIDO CDP organized a seminar on “Cluster Development Programme for artisanal clusters in MP” on 21st December. The issues discussed centered on replication and upscaling of the positive experience of Chanderi and Maheswar, where a UNIDO and MP cluster development initiative is ongoing. All the major stakeholders participated into the discussion: cluster representatives, Central govt and State Govt officials, and financial institutions.
As a direct outcome of the seminar, it was decide to launch cluster initiatives in two additional locations; to start the programme in 20 new clusters next year and to set up an independent implementation mechanism at the state level.
For more, [email protected]

International meeting on ‘Private Sector and Poverty’, December 2004

UNIDO Regional office participated into UNDP-CII sub-regional workshop, held in Delhi last 16th and 17th of December. Main themes were:
 “Unleashing entrepreneurship – making business work for the poor”: launch of the report of the UN Commission on private Sector and Development
 Policy framework for private sector development, and overall provision of a conducive institutional and legal framework for Private Sector Development
 Experience in SME and micro enterprise development in South Asia
 Markets at the bottom of the pyramid and the role played by private sector companies in providing services to the poor.
For more: [email protected]

Geographic Indication granted to Chanderi handloom products

Last December, Chanderi handloom products have been granted the Geographic Indication (GI) from Government of India. Along with Pochampalli (Andra Pradesh) products, this is the first time GI is given to artisanal products. Kota Doria handloom products are in the process of acquiring GI.
Geographic Indication is the legal tool that protects the intellectual capital of an artisan community, thus creating opportunities for employment generation and enhancing prosperity at the grass root level.
For a copy of the UNIDO study on the matter, please contact [email protected]

Asia-Invest II Programme: deadline for submission of proposals 15 March 2005 and 9 June 2005

The European Commission is seeking proposals for projects in the EU and in eligible countries in Asia (including India), with financial assistance from the Asia-Invest II Programme. The Asia-Invest II Programme is designed to promote Euro-Asian business co-operation, with a particular emphasis on helping European and Asian SMEs in their internationalisation process.
This Call for Proposals comprises the following four components: Asia-VENTURE, Asia-INTERPRISE, Asia-Invest TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE and Asia-Invest ALLIANCE. The full Guidelines for Applicants are available for consultation at: comm/europeaid/projects/asia-invest/index_en.htm.
(a) There are two deadlines for submission of proposals: 15 March 2005 at 16.00, Brussels time; and 09 June 2005 at 16.00, Brussels time

Publications for SMEs at SIDO on line

A number of miscellaneous priced and unpriced publications are published to inform the small entrepreneurs about the policies and programmes, institutional services and organisational facilities available for small scale industries sector. Over 6000 pages of value added information on SSI are covered.

The Italian Observatory on Industrial Clusters is set up

The Italian Club of Industrial Clusters and Confindustria, the main Italian industrial Association, have recently agreed to create an observatory which will monitor and analyse Italian clusters, that represent 45% of GDP and 39% of employment.

The creation of the Observatory will allow to better coordinate the initiatives, with a focus on R&D, promotion of Made in Italy and internationalisation of clusters.

For more: www.ipi.it

ITC- ILO Seminar on “Developing Commercial Markets for BDS”

The seminar was held at Chiang Mai (Thailand) from 27th Sep to 1st Oct’04. The objectives of the seminar were:
 To inform on new initiatives, materials and analysis in the field of BDS - including the many new BDS programmes initiated across the world
 To contribute to the continuing discussions and debates around developing BDS markets, and more generally, around interventions that develop whole systems
 To visualize how the BDS approach can work for the poor and marginalized
 To increase the outreach of BDS by use of the strategic inputs covered in the seminar