Business

Cross-border traders to train entrepreneurs

KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
IN AN effort to enhance business skills among the youth, the Cross Border Traders Association (CBTA) is this year expected to conduct training for entrepreneurs in Mungwi, Mpulungu, Sesheke and Mwinilunga.
Last year, the association in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the Zambia Development Agency conducted training for youths to improve their welfare and encourage them to venture in formal business practices.
CBTA manager Mweene Kasongo said in a statement recently that the association recognises the significant contribution traders play in economic growth hence the need to provide business training.
“As CBTA, we plan to undertake entrepreneurship skills training for our members and small, medium and large entrepreneurs in Mungwi, Mpulungu, Sesheke and Mwinilunga from March this year – this will enable small-scale traders grow their businesses,” he said.
The training will be supported by the Finnish Embassy.
Mr Kasongo said the association plans to establish agricultural centres where traders especially, youths can add value to poultry and piggery produce to sell both on the local and international markets.
He said traders usually face a challenge in accessing modern trading centres to sell their merchandise.
Mr Kasongo, however, said the association will continue to strive for an equal playing field for small, medium and large scale traders by ensuring that they are positioned to improve their welfare and well-being.

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