Africa Initiatives

IL&FS Clusters has exposure in handling international assignments. It is implementing projects in cluster development (textile and agro), skill development and education in and has exposure to over 17 countries in Africa. The client base includes Government of India, Governments in African countries, multilateral agencies including African Development Bank, large scale private companies etc. Presently the company has experience and exposure of working in over 17 countries in Africa and has a subsidiary office in Nairobi, Kenya. In coming years we plan to grow further and offer innovative solutions to catalyze broad-based economic growth through sustainable interventions in areas of cluster development, skills & education. Some of the key projects are in the areas of advisory, area development, sector development including agriculture, industrial infrastructure development, skills and education. Our key projects include:

IL&FS Clusters has also been working with the Departments and Ministries in policy advisory and strategy formulation for Africa. It assisted Department of Commerce, Government of India in Drafting Composite "Trade & Investment Strategy Paper for Africa" as a member of the Committee Chaired by State Minister for Commerce. IL&FS Clusters was also engaged by the Ministry of External Affairs of Government of India for evaluating Loan Proposals received from Government of Togo for projects in 'Rural Electrification and Farm Mechanization in Togo'. Besides, IL&FS Clusters has been participating in various delegations to African countries mounted by Government of India.

  • IL&FS Clusters is the PMA for Cotton Technical Assistance Programme for Africa (Cotton TAP) which is being implemented in seven countries in Africa, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad & Mali, Uganda, Malawi & Nigeria. It is a 3 year programme (2012-2014) and is funded by the Ministry of External Affairs under 2nd India Africa Forum Summit.
  • IL&FS Clusters is implementing the USAID India-Kenya Dairy Innovation Bridge Programme (IKDIBP) under their Feed-the-Future Project. It is a 3 year project and it seeks to replicate successful Indian innovations (in product, process or institutional mechanism) are proposed to be customized, adopted and replicated in dairy sector in Rift Valley Province and the Central Province in Kenya. The goal of the program is to improve the income of organized smallholder farmers through increased milk productivity and reduced wastages along the dairy value chain.
  • IL&FS Clusters has also been appointed as Project Management Agency for Setting up of Food Processing Cluster in Africa for Ministry of Food Processing Industries (GoI). The project is being implemented under 2nd India Africa Forum Summit. The cluster establishment is aimed at strengthening the food cluster value chain & providing wider market opportunity by promoting agribusiness in sustainable manner.
  • IL&FS Clusters was engaged by the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Rwanda for providing consulting service for 'Development of Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) Clusters in Textile & Tailoring and Ceramics & Pottery cluster'. The project was aimed at assessing the current needs/gaps of SMEs clusters in terms of managerial capacities, access to appropriate technology, finance and domestic and external markets etc and development of cluster strategy for sector development.
  • IL&FS Clusters was engaged by the Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock, Government of Burundi for conducting feasibility study and preparing a Detailed Project Report on "Development of Integrated Food Processing Complex in Burundi". The project aimed at reducing crop wastage and post harvest losses by creation of state-of-art enabling infrastructure & promotion of value addition to agriculture produce, fruits & vegetables.
  • In 2010, the company had received a mandate for conducted study on "Creating Sustainable Textile & Apparel Value Chain in Cotton-4 Countries (Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso and Chad)" for Department of Commerce, Government of India. Cotton plays a dominant role in these economies as majority of the population is dependent on cotton for sustenance and is considered as an engine for growth. At present most of the cotton is exported in raw form adding volatility to the sector. It is therefore important for them to move towards production of value added goods. The project required feasibility studies to be carried for the textile sector in all the C-4 countries to provide clarity on the techno commercial viability and sustainability of the concept. The assignment involved detailed mapping of the cotton sector in the individual countries, assessment of investment climate and feasibility analysis of setting up model units across the textile and apparel value chain.
  • In 2009, the company prepared a Detailed Project Report for "Setting up an Integrated Textile Cluster in Ethiopia" for Department of Commerce, Government of India (GoI). The study aimed at establishing the techno-commercial feasibility and proposition of business plan for setting up of an integrated textile cluster in Ethiopia. The cluster was proposed to have manufacturing and related service units from cotton spinning to garment manufacturing comprising of many independent units working in close co-ordination & as a forward or backward integration to each other.

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