Using Value Chain and Cluster Strategies to Improve National Competitiveness

Code: 
PS01
Course duration: 
2 Weeks
Tuition fee: 
USD 2,500.00
Unit: 
Public Sector Capacity Building

​This course ​description ​is indicative, and only for reference ​purposes. The course is not scheduled unless advertised in our calendar. If you are interested in this course​,​ or require a customized course​ that is similar to this​, please note that ​fees start from USD ​25,000 for a two-week course. This fee is for a customized course for ten or fewer participants. For additional participants, the fee is USD 2500 ​per participant.

​For these fees, the client may customize the course to the precise needs ​of the client's organization. Scheduling will be in consultation with the client.

Participants: Policy makers, administrators or officials from public, state or local government and non-profit organizations.

Course Brief: This course provides an overview of the Value Chain Approach, an effective tool for economic growth interventions that reduce poverty by increasing the competitiveness of an industry and the firms within that industry. It identifies the conditions in which small firms benefit from participation in the global economy, helps participants targets sectors where the poor are concentrated, and aims to improve the competitiveness of industries (or value chains) in which significant numbers of small firms participate.

This applied course in capacity building focuses on four key factors that affect competitiveness: inter-firm cooperation and coordination, relationships among firms in a value chain, the distribution of benefits, and learning and innovation. It guides participants in assessing the constraints to, and opportunities for enhancing, an industry’s competitiveness through a diagnostic framework of five elements, which form the actionable programming of this course: End Market Opportunities, Enabling Environment, Vertical Linkages, Horizontal Linkages, Supporting markets, and Firm-level Upgrading (product and process upgrading). The capstone project emphasizes firm-level upgrading for SMEs within participants’ locales.