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|Title: ||Cluster Approach for Enhancing the Productivity and Competitiveness of Micro and Small Enterprises /MSEs/ Case Study on Bamboo Micro and Small Enterprises|
|Authors: ||Netsanet, Jote|
|Advisors: ||Dr.-Ing. Daniel Kitaw|
Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs),
|Copyright: ||Sep-2009 |
|Date Added: ||7-May-2012 |
|Abstract: ||Micro and small enterprises (MSEs) are generally recognized as a main factor of economic
growth and equitable development. Their contribution to employment generation, poverty
reduction and wider distribution of wealth and opportunities represents a major window of
opportunity for most developing countries. However, the potential role of MSEs is often not
realized because of a set of problems and limitations they encounter on their path to
establishment and growth. Most of them Lack capital, skills, schooling, information and
technical knowhow, producing at best only simple and low quality products. Isolated micro
and small enterprises would also face difficulty to attract traders, as trading cost per
transaction would be disproportionately high.
This study concerns about clustering of bamboo MSEs to increase the productivity and
competitiveness of the sector. Ethiopia has the largest area of bamboo in Africa. Studies
show that bamboo harvest in Ethiopia constitutes 67 percent of the total production in Africa.
 But the production and consumption of bamboo and bamboo products is very limited.
With the objective of to propose cluster development model for bamboo micro and small
enterprises, the study analyzed the problems and challenges faced by bamboo sector taking
the Addis Ababa bamboo entrepreneurs. The study is done based on questioner, intensive
interviews, focused group discussion and secondary data. With the developed bamboo cluster
model the study showed that there is a need of an external force that would facilitate the
benefits accruing from deliberate joint action. With this regard sector specific interventions
|Appears in:||Thesis - Industrial Engineering|
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