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Give us ideas on PPPs, says Inonge

CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says a platform should be created to provide recommendations to Government to accelerate public and private partnership initiatives aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship.
Mrs Wina said the country requires a strong foundation to foster innovation and entrepreneurship to allow the country achieve its development agenda.
The Vice-President said this in Lusaka yesterday during the 2015 Zambia Entrepreneurship summit.
In a speech read for her by Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe , Mrs Wina reiterated that Government intends to create 500, 000 jobs next year through industrialisation and value addition strategies but requires participation from both entrepreneurs and the financial sector.
“I therefore, challenge the WeCreate Zambia Centre and invite the United States embassy in Zambia to forge links with all stakeholders, both from public and private sectors in the national entrepreneurial ecosystem and structure a permanent national platform,” she said.
And US Ambassador to Zambia Eric Shultz said Zambian entrepreneurs have the impetus to grow and provide the much needed wealth but require an environment to conduct their business efficiently.
Mr Shultz said the summit is aimed at not only providing linkages and opportunities for finance but also an open and conducive business climate.
And WeCreate executive director Nambula Kachumi said the programme is aimed at providing a programme to empower women and youths through access to financial information and business linkages.

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