Government committed to improving the SMES sector

By Peter Chivhima

Government has reiterated its commitment to creating a conducive environment for the small to medium enterprises sector to thrive, in recognition of SMEs contribution to the economy.

This was revealed by the Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Dr Sithembiso Nyoni on the sidelines of the 30th anniversary celebrations of Care International Zimbabwe in Harare this Thursday.

“As government, we are in the process of working on modalities so that we create conducive environment for the SMEs sector. As you know that the sector is critical to the development of our nation. What we encourage the sector is to get organised so that we can assist them,” she said.

Care International Country Director Mr Patrick Sikana pledged his organisation’s continued support to empowering women and assisting the less privileged.

He said, “As an organization, I think we are doing enough to empower women, but I know it’s not enough so we are going to increase our catchment area so that we assist those who are in needy.”

Dr Nyoni also toured exhibition stands at the celebrations where participants and beneficiaries spoke on the impact of the empowerment projects spearheaded by the non-governmental organisation.

“We want to implore other organisations to come on board so that we work together in improving the lives of Zimbabwean citizens. In that regard, I want to take this opportunity to say that as an organisation we will continue supporting the government,” said a beneficiary.

Another said, “I want to thank the help I got from the organisation. Now I can say I am somebody as compared to what I was before getting the assistance.”

The Second Republic is working with various developmental partners in empowering women to become self-reliant.