RFCD 2011: Professor Miguel Carrillo: Regional Forum on cluster Development

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Miguel Carrillo - RFCD Conference @ Arthur Lok Jack GSB - November 2011

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RFCD 2011: Professor Miguel Carrillo: Regional Forum on cluster Development

  1. 1. 13 Lessons• 1 - Clustering: emergent or deliberate• 2 - Cluster development: Deliberate strategy• 3 - Co-location: important but not fundamental – More relevant for natural resource based clusters than high tech• 4 - Clusters: Connect Macroeconomic Health with Microeconomic Wealth – SME’s inclusion – Anchor : Larger Firm
  2. 2. 13 Lessons• 5 - Intense rivalry might be more important than competition• 6 - Critical to build consensus – Agree direction – Agree execution – Agree challenges and solutions – Political and Social Dimension• 7 - Trust – Collaboration across value chain and clusters – Orchestrating agencies to access critical data – Cluster champions• 8 - Collaborative space: Supply chain, Procurement, Marketing
  3. 3. 13 Lessons• 9 - Cluster Development is less of a technical challenge but more a social and cultural one – Social exchange as important as economic exchange• 10 - Cluster Development: Lead by entrepreneurs, enabled by government• 11 - Cluster development has to be demand driven and customer centric• 12 - Cluster Development takes time• 13 - Regionalization of Clusters is imperative for the Caribbean
  4. 4. NEXT STEPS• 1 - Market Intelligence – Link Demand to Clustering Opportunities – Granular understanding of regional growth opportunities• 2 - Understand the value chain, the cluster composition, and the linkages across clusters.• 3 - Identify relevant opportunities: – High impact – Global appeal – Insert in the most attractive profit pools in the value chain• 4 - Incorporate the private sector and entrepreneurs in the whole process.• 5 - April 2012: Regional Forum on Agribusiness Cluster Development.• 6 - Train the trainers program for cluster managers

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