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Chennai leather cluster among top ten global centres

Sujay Mehdudia

— PHOTO: ANU PUSHKARNA

MORALE BOOSTER: N. N. Prasad (left), Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), with Shalini Dewan (centre), Director, United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan, and Philippe Scholtes, Head UNIDO South Asia, at a function in New Delhi on Monday.

NEW DELHI: The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on Monday said the Chennai leather cluster was among the top ten dynamic industrial locations in the world identified by it, a recognition that is bound to come as a morale booster to the units facing the heat of global recession and economic slowdown.

“Employment and average wages in the surveyed firms in Chennai rose from 4,643 workers and $174 a month in 2000 to 7,754 workers and $187 in 2006,” said the Industrial Development Report 2009 released by UNIDO here.

Among the ten clusters, Chennai enjoyed the employment elasticity of exports, that is the ratio between increase in export and employment, the report said, adding, with every one per cent increase in exports, employment went up by 1.3 per cent. The report was released by Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry N. N. Prasad.

Mr. Prasad said India had around 30 industrial clusters and the government would be partnering UNIDO to develop about 8-9 industrial clusters ad model clusters. The industrial clusters in other countries which figure in the UNIDO’s list of ten most dynamic industrial locations include Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lao PDR and Nigeria.

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