The 13th TCI Global Competitiveness Conference to Address the role of Cluster Formation in Competitiveness and Prosperity for Indian Businesses

Thursday, November 25, 2010 2:50PM IST (9:20AM GMT)


  • The conference to be held in Delhi NCR, from November 29 – December 3, 2010
  • The conference content will include focus on cluster education, field visits to Indian renowned clusters and cluster prosperity through collaboration
  • The 5 day Conference will welcome 300 participants from over 50 countries
  • More information about the Conference is available at:

    The Competitiveness Institute (TCI) Network and the Institute for Competitiveness (IFC) will host the 13th TCI Global Competitiveness Conference (GCC) in Delhi NCR, India from November 29 till December 3, 2010, at the Management Development Institute (MDI).

    Centered around the theme of Competitiveness, Innovative Clusters and Prosperity, the GCC will serve as a platform for over 300 thinkers and practitioners from corporate and academic circles to highlight the role of clusters in competitiveness and prosperity and the role of government in promoting clusters. It will include discussions on European and Indian policies and programmes on clusters development and the policy level initiatives that could facilitate the growth of clusters through international cooperation. The conference will also provide an open platform to explore business cooperation with international clusters and exchange valuable experiences.

    “This year’s Global Competitiveness Conference is for the first time highlighting the role of clusters in regional prosperity in India. Clusters provide a framework for organizing the implementation of many public policies and public investments directed at economic development. The conference seeks to bring various stakeholders together to deliberate and discuss as well as provide an opportunity for business match-making,” said Alberto Pezzi, Director, The Competitiveness institute.

    Small and medium scale enterprises are reeling under the pressure of global competition and without the support of government subsidies and tax benefits, not many firms would survive. However, with cluster formation even a small firm can enjoy advantages of scale economy and scope.

    Dr. Amit Kapoor, Honorary Chairman, Institute for Competitiveness further explains the importance of cluster formations in the Indian business landscape, “SME’s in India will, no doubt, form the foundation of India’s growth story that is being talked about the world over today and cluster formations, as a strategy, can act as the engine to propel this economic growth. The most famous examples of how clusters can be successful include Silicon Valley and Hollywood globally, or closer home, the IT industry in Bangalore or the automotive cluster in Gurgaon. Cluster formations can help the Indian economy, or for that matter, any developing economy by increasing the productivity of companies based in the area; by driving the direction and pace of innovation and by stimulating the formation of new businesses within the cluster.”

    The programme for the GCC is divided into two broad areas, wherein the first two days will be spent understanding Indian clusters and the next three days will be divided under these thematic pillars:
    • Global Competitiveness Challenges and the Role of Clusters
    • Growth and Policy Initiatives
    • ‘Cluster Management’, ‘Cluster Strategies & Future Clusters’, ‘

    Key Highlights of the 5 day conference include:
    • Cluster tours in Delhi-NCR: Automobile and IT cluster in Gurgaon, media cluster in Noida and
    • Industry focus sessions covering automobiles, service clusters, industrial competitiveness, climate change
    • Panels on competitiveness and poverty, and public policy implications of competitiveness

    Key speakers at the Conference include: Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, Antoni Subirà, Professor, IESE and President of TCI Board of Advisors, Brian Roberts, Director, Strategic Planning and Management Services, Christian Ketels, Principal Associate, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School, Elisabeth Waelbroeck-Rocha, Vice President, BIPE, Georgette Lalis, DG Enterprise and Industry, EU Commission, Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, Member, Board of Advisors, The Competitiveness Institute, Janamitra Devan, Vice President and Head of Network, Financial & Private Sector Development, The World Bank Group, Klaus Haasis, CEO, MFG Baden-Württemberg mbH, Michael Enright, Director, Enright, Scott & Associates and former professor at Harvard Business School, Mukesh Gulati, Executive Director, Foundation for MSME Clusters, Torger Reve, Wilh Wilhelmsen Professor of Strategy and Industrial Competitiveness, BI Norwegian School of Management, Wolfgang Lehmacher, Chairman, GeoPost

    About TCI

    The Competitiveness Institute (TCI) is a global practitioners’ network for competitiveness, clusters and innovation. Its Annual Global Conference is a meeting point of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and business leaders working towards competitiveness in businesses, regions and clusters. Find out more at

    About IFC

    The Institute for Competitiveness is an international think tank dedicated to conducting and disseminating meaningful research in the core fields of strategy, economic development, productivity and prosperity in order to create value for all. Find out more at

    About MDI

    Management Development Institute (MDI) is one of the top-ranked business schools in India and has a 37-acre campus in Gurgaon. Find out more at

    Notes to Editors

    For more information on the Summit, please visit the Forum’s website:
    Access conference media kit from November 29th, 2010 onwards:

    To register for the event please write to

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