Institutional and Support Environment to Cluster Based Development

Title: Institutional and Support Environment to Cluster Based Development Approach in Uganda.
Authors: J. Mutambi
Keywords: Clusters; Institutional Support; Small-Medium Enterprises; Triple-Helix; Uganda
Issue Date: October 2009
Abstract: Similar to other developing countries, Uganda recognizes the ability of Micro, Small and Medium scale enterprises to generate socio-economic benefits, value addition to local raw materials, and employment generation. To enhance competitiveness, innovation and networking within producer firms, clustering concept needs to be promoted and strengthened. Clusters drive productivity and innovation. Clusters are geographical concentrations of firms, suppliers, support services providers, infrastructure, producers of related products, and specialized institutions that arise in particular fields in particular locations.Clusters can be initiated or emerge spontaneously based on market forces and the process of cluster formation will occur naturally as new firms form, suppliers develop, infrastructure investments respond to local needs, and specialized institutions and firms locate their operations in the growing cluster area and grow. This therefore calls for policy and public attention.The key actors in the cluster development are referred to as “triple helix”: Government for policies and support institutions; Private sector -business enterprises, large and SMEs, NGOs’ and Foundations; and Academia – Universities, and R& D institutions

This paper highlights a number of measures that government has done aimed at stimulating economic growth with a demonstration of facilitating the cluster based development concept in Uganda


Presented at: 12th TCI Learning Clusters Annual Global Conference


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