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Transformation of a Woodworking and Furniture Industrial District in Kampala, Uganda: Dichotomous Development of SME Cluster and Large Firm Sector

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  • Yoshida, Eiichi
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    Clustering small manufacturers are believed to attain various types of collective efficiency. A woodworking and furniture SME district in Uganda has created a learning environment for artisans to start up their own workshops. In the district workers can access various managerial information including business skills and input materials easily than outside. Hence it attracted new entrants to follow and district growth continued. On contrary large firms are locating separately and dispersedly from SME district and have a negative image to SME. This dichotomy has been created partly through spatial division of two sectors and partly through policy favouritism toward large firms.

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    Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 171.

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    Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 171. 2008.10
    Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper171

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    Keywords: SME; Cluster; Agglomeration; Incubation; Woodworking; Furniture; Uganda; Kampala;

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