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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
Keywords: Cluster
Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs),
Copyright: Sep-2009
Date Added: 7-May-2012
Publisher: AAU
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. [1] 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 being performed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2772
Appears in:Thesis - Industrial Engineering

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