Cross-border traders call for capacity building

THE Cross-Border Traders Association of Zambia (CBTA) says there is need to build capacity in enterprise skills for small-scale entrepreneurs to enable them to add value to producers and contribute to the economy.
Last week, the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) facilitated a training workshop for cross-border traders in Mungwi with support from the Finnish embassy to support small-scale entrepreneurs.
The training, which is part of the project that started in September last year, discussed topics such as how to run a successful business, record keeping, procedures for exporting and marketing techniques among others.
Officiating at the ZDA capacity building training workshop for cross-border traders, Mungwi district commissioner Mwape Mumbi urged the traders to effectively utilise the knowledge that they have acquired to grow their businesses.
Mr Mumbi said the training is a demonstration of the confidence that the Finnish Embassy has in creating a long-lasting impact on the livelihoods of the traders in Mungwi district.
“[I am] pleased to learn that the association has been offered four hectares for the construction of a trading centre, through the efforts of the councillor and the branch.
“Mungwi is largely an agricultural district, [I, therefore,] challenge you to increase your yield in soya beans, groundnuts and contribute towards Governments’ aim to produce one million bags of maize in Mungwi, ”he said.
Earlier, CBTA acting president Joseph Chilonga advised traders in Mungwi to put into practice the information gained from the training to realise positive results in their respective business ventures.
“Through the support of the Finnish Embassy, the association is contributing to the empowerment of youth and women, reducing poverty at grassroots through training workshops focused on the development of entrepreneurial skills and market linkages, and the re-opening of four trade information desks in Kariba, Livingstone, Chipata and Chirundu,”he said.

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