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The BEE 2012: ZCSMBA Strengthens ties with NATSAVE, ZDA, PACRA and AWEP

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During the 2012 Business Enterprise Exhibition recently held in Kabwe, one of the highlights of the event was the signing of four memoranda of understanding between ZCSMBA and public institutions namely the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA), The Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA), The National Savings and Credit Bank (NATSAVE) and with like-mandated private sector institution the African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP).

NATSAVE Managing Director Cephas Chabu, ZDA Director MSME Division Windu Matoka, PACRA Assistant Registrar, Christopher Mapani and AWEP Zambia Chapter Ambassador Mrs. Sylvia Banda signed on behalf of their respective organizations while ZCSMBA Executive Secretary Ms. Patience Sakuringwa represented the MSME stronghold.
The signing of the MoU’s was aimed at strengthening the working relations that exist between ZCSMBA and these MSME support institutions. True to the theme of the 2012 BEE “Enhancing Business Linkages through Partnerships” the partnership agreements are intended to establish collaborative and co-operative working relations in an effort to promote the growth and development of a vibrant private sector in Zambia, as stated by ZCSMBA Chairperson George Banda in his remarks.

The Business Enterprise Exhibition, simply referred to as the BEE is an annual event on the MSME calendar meant to bring MSMEs, corporate and support institutions and the public together. The exhibition which was being held for the eighth time took place from 18th to 20th May 2012 at Kabwe’s KIFCO grounds. The expo attracted over 50 exhibitors including a good number of banks who came in strongly to support the event. Award winning performer Dandy Krazy of the ‘Donchi Kubeba’ fame was the chief entertainer.

At the event Kabwe DBA chairperson Winston Makukula passionately spoke about the untapped business opportunities in Kabwe which he said if promoted would awaken the slumbering town and see the growth of many businesses. “We take our business roles very seriously. Society and Government need us and we also need them. We need strong partnerships” he said. At the same function, Kabwe Mayor Moses Mwansa in a speech read on his behalf by Kabwe Municipal Council councilor Collins Musonda said that the council in partnership with the KDBA and Kabwe Chamber of Commerce and Industry is keen to promote the growth of MSMEs in the district.

Meanwhile Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Hon. Robert Sichinga who was Guest of Honour reiterated governments support to the MSME sector and said one way this was going to be done was by setting up of industrial clusters in many districts including Kabwe. Hon. Sichinga said if the government was going to fulfill its promises to the people of more jobs and more money in their pockets, it had to ensure that the vast raw materials Zambia was endowed with were turned into finished products. Value addition, he said was key to ensure that local manufacturing firms were set up thereby creating employment and ultimately Zambia gaining real value from its exports even from copper.

As per BEE tradition, deserving exhibiting MSMEs were awarded. Chankwankwa Limited of Kabwe scooped the British American Tobacco sponsored best overall exhibitor walking away with a copper trophy and K 2,500,000 richer. The Eugene Appel awards for Best Manufacturing Exhibitor, Best Manufacturer – Runner-Up and Best Junior Manufacturing Awards went to Pikiti Enterprises, Nature Guard and Renova respectively.

BEE Guest of Honor, Hon Bob Sichinga
Guest of Honor, Minister of Commerce, Trade & Industry, Hon Bob Sichinga during a Tour of stands

ZCSMBA CEO, Patience Sakuringwa and NATSAVE MD, Cephas Chabu signing the MoUs

ZCSMBA CEO and ZDA MSME Director, Windu Matoka exchange documents

Ms. Sakuringwa exchanging MoUs with PACRA Assistant Registrar, Mr. Chris Mapani
Last modified on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 11:58

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