Govt working to empower SMEs – Sichinga

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Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister, Robert Sichinga says Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country have the potential to largely contribute to the development of the country through job and wealth creation.

Mr. Sichinga says it is for this reason that government is working hard to ensure that SMEs are empowered.

He notes that Zambia is a signatory to many international agreements which SMEs can utilize to access international markets and grow their businesses.

Mr Sichinga adds that Zambia is a member of the multi-lateral trading system of the world trade organization, other regional key trading blocs and is also a beneficiary of the other non reciprocal trading agreements which if utilized would help SMEs grow.

He says international agreements would also help link local entrepreneurs to those outside the country which would help them get foreign contracts.

Mr Sichinga states that the foreign contracts would not only help the entrepreneurs, but the country as a whole.

Mr. Sichinga has further urged entrepreneurs in the country to maintain consistency in the supply of goods and services and continue to foster the spirit of networking amongst themselves for increased future business.

( Monday 11th August 2014 )

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