The Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has reiterated its determination to ensuring that small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) in the country grow big.
ZDA Enterprises Development Manager Kalobwe Chansa said this could be achieved once SMEs are connected to larger markets.
Ms. Chansa observes that SMEs in Zambia have got workable ideas but were lacking creativity on how to expand their businesses.
She was speaking at a one day workshop whose theme is ‘leather clusters’ for Lusaka based SMEs.
She said ZDA was prepared to link SMEs to the entrepreneurs through the necessary training.
Ms. Chansa said most SMEs failed to penetrate bigger markets because their products were not of high quality value to meet the required markets standards.
She disclosed that similar workshops would be held in other provinces as her organization wants to enlighten Zambian SMEs to operate outside the box in order for them to expand.
And Technical Development Advisory Unit (TDAU) representative Mulambwa Imasiku pledged that his organisation was ready to offer technical know-how to the SMEs once called upon.
TDAU Zambia Chapter is behind most simple technical equipment such as hammer-mills, maize and groundnuts shellers, freeze-it, vegetable drying machines among other machinery that are supplied to vulnerable but viable SMEs.
One of the participants Julius Banda, a Metal Fabricator, said the workshop was an eye opener to the SMEs.
Mr. Banda said most SMEs were not exposed to larger markets to help their businesses grow.
ZDA is responsible for fostering economic growth and development in Zambia through promoting trade and investment and an efficient, effective and coordinated private sector led economic development strategy.