Cluster Support Programme for Ministry of Industry and Trade

01 Jan 2010

Project activities are expected to start for designing a cluster support programme in the areas of competitiveness and innovation to improve the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) in 2010.

New Horizons - The first project activity titled "International Review of Best Practice Cluster Support Programmes" is expected to begin within the next few months. Through conducting international benchmarking studies, provision of training, organization of field studies and study visits, the project will facilitate enhancement of the MoIT’s capacity in development and implementation of a cluster support programme, and development of monitoring and evaluation tools will enable the Ministry to assess the impact of cluster support on competitiveness, innovative capacity, empowerment of women entrepreneurs and labour force, and the protection of environment and sustainable development.

Clusters are groups of collaborating and competing independent companies and associated institutions that are geographically concentrated in one or several regions and are specialised in a particular field, linked by common technologies and skills.

Currently, both the Ninth National Development Plan and the 2009 Annual Programme highlight the importance of clusters in boosting the competitiveness of the national economy. Measure 110 of the 2009 Annual Programme indicates that “National clustering support policy and mechanism will be developed” by using the outputs of the EU-funded project on “Development of a National Clustering Policy for Turkey.” The Ministry of Industry and Trade has been identified as the organization in charge of fulfilment of Measure 110 of the 2009 Annual Programme.

UNDP will provide support to the MoIT in three main areas: designing a cluster support programme, complete with a competitive and transparent cluster selection process by developing required documentation such as application manuals, evaluation guidelines, and an advanced draft of the secondary (or tertiary) legislation; improving the institutional capacity of the MoIT through establishing the required skills and capabilities at the Ministry by developing and delivering training programmes for staff members while promoting equal participation of women and men; and designing the monitoring and evaluation tools to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the cluster support programme, as well as its socio-economic impact in the long-term.

The Cluster Support Programme for MoIT is run in partnership with UNDP will end in December 2010.