NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has assured the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) of continued support for programmes and activities that are targeted at micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs.)
United Nations country coordinator Janet Rogan said this during the tour of MSMEs stands at the just-ended 51stÂ Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF).
Ms Rogan who was impressed with the variety of exhibited products, assured ZDA that her organisation will continue supporting programmes and activities aimed at supporting the growth of MSMEs. This is according to a statement released by ZDA communications and public relations manager Margaret Chimanse.
â€œWe will continue to support programmes and activities aimed at supporting the growth of MSMEs as they are critical to the industrialisation, wealth and job creation agenda of the government,â€ Ms Rogan said.
ZDA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry and the support of UNDP, facilitated the participation of 10 value adding MSMEs in the manufacturing sector at the ZITF.
And ZDA enterprise development manager Innocent Melu said the initiative is meant to expose the MSMEs to showcase their products to existing and prospective customers.
Mr Melu said it is also an opportunity for the MSMEs to strike partnerships and joint ventures with other businesses and individuals.
â€œIt is also a good platform for the MSMEs to get feedback from the business community on the quality of their products. They can further get market linkages, long-term orders as well as on the spot sales,â€ he said.
And Cephas Kumwembe from CK Agrotech Limited, a company that manufactures Ever Light scouring powder, thanked ZDA for helping his company with product development, market linkages and facilitating a platform for exchange of business ideas.
â€œZDA has also been helpful in that they negotiate for us when we have challenges of penetrating large markets such as chain stores,â€ Mr Kumwembe said.
He said through the help of the ZDA, his company is now supplying Pick Nâ€™ Pay.
NANCY SIAME, Lusaka