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International Conference on ‘The Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development’
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·  Promoting virtual clusters is an important stepping stone towards the changing paradigm of cluster development, said Mr Madhav Lal, Secretary MSME, while addressing an International Conference on Cluster Development being jointly organized by CII, Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC), UNIDO and TCI Network. While a number of cluster development programmes are on for quite some time in India and abroad, the reach of the programmes get substantially curtailed due to the absence of timely, relevant and value added information. Creation of virtual networks that can provide such information is the key to reach them. 

·     "Globally, there has been a growing interest for using clusters as a tool to address multiple issues including sustainability, inclusivity, innovation, manufacturing value added, etc. across the world", said Mr Gerardo Patacconi, Chief, CBL Unit of UNIDO, Vienna. "There is also huge scope for creating win-win growth paradigms by creating local network of producers and linking them to global value chains on a stronger footing", he added.  "The issue of income generation and creation of skilled entrepreneurs is also a burning issue and so is the need to promote job creators", said Mr Deep Kapuria, Chairman, CII, SME Committee. 

·     Earlier, welcoming the 175 delegates from around 20 countries, Prof Y K Alagh, Chairman of FMC said that "there is huge scope for linking agro processing units through the cluster route and strengthen the rural economy. We also need to take advantage of the natural network or pockets of trust that exist in clusters both for smoothening forward as well as backward linkages". "Such networks are also socially acceptable means for channeling finance. SIDBI has successfully conducted an experiment, where association has done the due diligence and SIDBI has made the financing. But such interventions need to be scaled up", said Mr N K MAini, DMD-In-Charge of SIDBI. "There is also need for branding of clusters for higher value addition". A book on cluster branding was also released on the occasion. 

·    While the challenges are many, an area of prime concern is sustainability. The European Union through its Switch Asia Network Programme is addressing this issue globally and a number of projects are also on in India too, said Mr Arno, Minister Counsellor, EU. Clusters are being used as a tool for development not only in India but also in many European countries too. 

 

·     The Conference will dwell in issues like innovation, structural challenges, market led inclusive development and sustainability and learn from global lessons from developed and developing countries by 40 international speakers for this purpose during the course of the conference.

 
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Prof Y K Alagh, Chairman, Foundation for MSME Clusters at the Inaugural Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
Mr Gerardo Patacconi, Chief, Clusters and Business Linkages Unit, UNIDO at the Inaugural Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
HE Mr Arno Schaefer, Minister Counselor, European Union on Sustainability Agenda of SMEs
Mr N K Maini, Deputy MD-In-charge, SIDBI on Sustainable Financing of SMEs
Mr Deep Kapuria, Chairman, Hitech Gears Ltd at the Inaugural Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
Lighting of Lamp at the Inaugural Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
Release of Book “Study on Brand Building in Cluster to Improve Competitiveness of MSMEs” by SIDBI at the Inaugural Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
Mr Madhav Lal, Secretary, Ministry of MSME, GOI at the Inaugural Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
Dr Sarita Nagpal, Principal Advisor, CII at the Inaugural Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
Mr Ajay Shankar, Member, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council on “Critical Bottlenecks to Cluster Development: Understanding the Contemporary Issues”
Dr Santosh Mehrotra, DG, Institute for Applied Manpower Research, Planning Commission of India on Creating Appropriate Skills for MSMEs in Clusters
Dr Aimee Hampel-Milagrosa, Senior Researcher and Project Leader, DIE on “Critical Bottlenecks to Cluster Development: Understanding the Contemporary Issues”
Mr Gerardo Patacconi, Chief, Clusters and Business Linkages Unit, UNIDO on “Challenges of Integrating Clusters to Global Value Chain”
Monitoring and Evaluation of Cluster Development Approach by Dr Carlo Pietrobelli, Lead Economist, Inter-American Development Bank
An open house discussion on “Critical Bottlenecks to Cluster Development: Understanding the Contemporary Issues”
Mr Ajay Shankar, Member, NMCC on “Critical Bottlenecks to Cluster Development: Understanding the Contemporary Issues”
Mr Thomas Lammer-Gamp, Director, European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis, VDI/VDE Innovation and Technik GmbH on “Champion Clusters as Role Models-Key Factors Supporting their Rise”
Success stories of Upper Austria and the European Cluster Collaboration Plattform by Mr Christoph Matthias Reiss-Schmidt, Project Manager (International Projects), Clusterland Oberosterreich GmbH
Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster-Supporting the Global Cleantech Agenda on Mr Neelabh Singh, Head Strategic Projects, Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster
Food Cluster of Lower Austria Striving for Excellence by Ms Simone Hagenauer, Project Manager, Ecoplus
Mr BV Naidu, Chairman & CEO, Sagitaur on "Bangalore-The Silicon Valley of India "
Mr Thomas Lammer-Gamp, Director, European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis, VDI/VDE Innovation and Technik GmbH on “Champion Clusters as Role Models-Key Factors Supporting their Rise”
Dr Dinesh Awasthi, Director, Entrepreneurship Development Institute on “Promoting Innovation in Clusters”
Prof Christan Kettles, President, TCI Network on “Promoting Innovation in Clusters”
Dr Dinesh Awasthi, Director, Entrepreneurship Development Institute on “Promoting Innovation in Clusters”
Practice of Innovation and Cluster Approach in India-Learning from Japan by Dr Sarita Nagpal, Principal Advisor, CII
Innovation and Cluster Development-The Indian Experience by Mr Keerthi Lal Kala, Associate, National Innovation Council
Promoting Innovation in SMEs-The Norway model by Ms Karin Gjerlow Hoidahl, Senior Advisor, National Norwegian cluster programmes Arena and Norwegian Centres of Expertise
An open house discussion on “Promoting Innovation in Clusters”
Dr Sarita Nagpal, Principal Advisor, CII on “Promoting Innovation in Clusters”
Mr Surendra Nath Tripathi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of MSME, GOI on “The Importance of Conducive Eco Systems and the Creation of Infrastructure for Cluster Development”
Mr R C M Reddy, MD, ILFS Cluster Development Initiative on "Plugging Infrastructure Gaps in Clusters-Lessons from India"
China’ SEZs and Industrial Clusters: Success and Challenges by Prof Jici Wang, Former Professor, Peking University
Ms Bindoo Ranjan, Design Consultant and Coordinator, NID on "Technology Challenges of MSMEs"
Mr Amit Kumar, Senior Technical Expert, The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale, Zusammenarbeit GmbH on "Role of BMOs in Promoting Clusters"
Mr Surendra Nath Tripathi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of MSME, GOI on “The Importance of Conducive Eco Systems and the Creation of Infrastructure for Cluster Development”
Prof Meenu Tiwari, Associate Professor, UNC on “Towards a Cluster Development Policy”
Challenges to Development of Cluster Policies: cross-country perspective by Mr Adnan Seric, Industrial Development Expert, UNIDO
Mr Nicola Daniele Coniglio, Senior Lecturer, University of Bari on "Developing Cluster-Based Industrial Policies"
Developing Cluster Based Policies in Montenegro by Mr Niksa Bulatovic, Consultant, CEED Consulting
Dr Gabriel Casaburi, Inter American Development Bank on "Cluster Development Policy of Latin America"
An open house discussion on “Towards a Cluster Development Policy”
Mr Mukesh Gulati, ED, Foundation for MSME Clusters at the Valedictory Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
Mr Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission, GOI at the Valedictory Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
Dr Sheela Bhide, Advisor, Foundation for MSME Cluster at the Valedictory Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
An open house discussion at the Valedictory Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
Mr Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission, GOI at the Valedictory Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
Mr Adnan Seric, Industrial Development Expert, UNIDO at the Valedictory Session of the Changing Paradigms of Cluster Development
 
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