SME Networking Project

SME Networking Project”,  with its full name “Technical Assistance for Empowering SMEs for Networking and Inter-Regional Cooperation” Project, was initiated on 22th February 2011. The project which the Ministry of Economy is a beneficiary of and which has a budget of 5 million Euros is jointly financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey. It is planned that the project which was launched on 28th July 2011 by Zafer Çağlayan, the Minister of Economy will continue for 30 months and be completed in August 2013.

With its foreign trade volume and economy performance, Turkey comes further to the forefront  every passing day  as an important actor in the world economy. However, it is known at this point that Turkey is only at the very beginning of the road that goes to its future plans and it aims to take place among the 10 biggest economies in the world, in the following 10 years. When competitive and export-based development strategies are taken into account, there is no obstacle before achieving this aim through systematic working, identifying right strategies, developing creative human resources and innovative products and through production and marketing techniques.

In order to approach one step further towards this aim, the Ministry of Economy put the SME Networking Project into effect. This project is a follow up of  “Development of a Clustersing Policy in Turkey” Project (DCP Project). DCP Project set the basis for new and comprehensive activities that have helped to raise awareness in Turkey on Clustersing and to develop a capacity and that will be  conducted in the field.

In the light of the experiences gained through the “SME Networking Project”, it is aimed to develop Turkish companies that both cooperate and compete across the country and that take place in the global value chain so that Turkey’s export volume reaches the aimed levels, the rate of the added value products in our export increases and a growth is ensured in diverse geographies and new target markets.

In this regard, 5 pilot provinces which are located in the region of “Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme” (RCOP) were selected and “Clusters Info Spots” were established in each of these pilot provinces. First, local conditions were taken into account and economic analysis and sectoral reviews were conducted together with local stakeholders, in the light of the existing works and researches. In the aftermath of economic analyses, the sectors that come to the forefront in each of the provinces were identified and pilot Clusters development activities were launched in these sectors. Through supply chain and value chain works that will support Clustersing activities, the knowledge and experience of the companies in Clusters will be developed so that they can make a difference in their products and Service and take part in vertical and horizontal integrations. After the activities regarding the primary Clusterss identified in pilot provinces, it is planned that second and third sectors will be identified and similar activities be conducted in these sectors, as well.

With this project, it is aimed that cooperation among SMEs are promoted, an increase is ensured in the productivity and added value of the companies through promoted cooperations, the access of companies to the technology in the region of Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme (RCOP) is facilitated and they are informed about technological developments and university - industry cooperation is developed, the rate of our companies’ entrance into international markets and their competitiveness capacity in these markets are increased.


SMEs are provided  strategical support in terms of training, access to information, productivity and increasing their competitive powers through the Clusters Ibfo Spots established in 5 provinces. With the activities to be developed by these centers, it is expected to reach 400 SMEs and include 200 of them in business Clusterss. Also, ensuring an increase in the productivity and similar measurements of the SMEs that will take part in business Clusterss, with a ratio of %20 is among the aims of this project. Business Clusterss are provided the necessary technical support so that they can benefit from grant programmes of the Ministry of Economy and other related institutions. It will be ensured that at least 20 sectoral Clusterss participate in National Benchmarking System and the development and transformation of these Clusterss are evaluated.

Following the actions to be taken for the primary business Clusters that will be identified in pilot provinces are launched and developed, new business Clusterss are planned to be identified. Within the scope of the project, the works regarding at least 3 business Clusterss, for each pilot province will be completed and the activities to identify the second Clusterss have already begun. It is projected to increase the number of business Clusterss to be identified in provinces, up to 12. Also, it is aimed that the activities regarding business Clusterss set an example for other actions to be performed in the field of “Clustersing”, in the region.


Local Stakeholders


Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Çorum - Çorum
Southeastern Anatolia Exporters’ Associations - Gaziantep
Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Kahramanmaraş- Kahramanmaraş
Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Samsun - Samsun
Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Trabzon-
Trabzon

Within the scope of SME Networking Project, 5 pilot provinces were selected in the region of “Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme” (RCOP). The local actors in every province host the “Clusters Info Spot” that are be established within the scope of this project, with the offices and personnels that are allocated in their institutions. “Clusters Info Spot” acts as the contact office of the project.

Following the establishment of a “Clusters Info Spot” in each pilot province, economic analyses and sectoral reviews were conducted with the local stakeholders,  in the light of the existing works and researches.  In the aftermath of economic analyses, the sectors that come to the forefront in each of the provinces were identified and pilot Clusters development activities were launched in these sectors. After the activities regarding the primary Clusterss identified in pilot provinces, it is planned that second and third sectors will be identified and similar activities be conducted in these sectors, as well.

 

 

 

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Ekleme Tarihi: 25.05.2013