Entrepreneurs key in economic development – Mubanga

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MINISTER of Small and Medium Enterprise Development Elias Mubanga says entrepreneurs play a crucial role in driving the economic development narrative of the country.

Speaking when he arrived in South Africa yesterday ahead of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress GEC+ Africa 2024, Mubanga stated that the conference provides a platform that showcases the significant progress the country has made in producing some of the most innovative and successful entrepreneurs.

He said the Government has placed a high premium on ensuring a conducive business environment as it is key to the economic growth of the country by helping emerging entrepreneurs to thrive and grow their businesses and contribute to job creation.

“The Congress will give an opportunity for Africa to showcase its talents, skills, and business excellence to the global community,” he noted.

“It is for this reason that President Hakainde Hichilema emphasizes the need to promote small and medium enterprise, creating job opportunities, and establishing market linkages.”

Mubanga is in Cape Town at the invitation of his South African counterpart, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and he is among 43 African leaders who are attending Congress.

The aim for GEC+ Africa is to create an enabling environment that supports start-ups and SMEs on the continent who create jobs while boosting the continental economic growth.

This is according to a statement realised by Tamara Nyirenda, First Secretary Press and Public Relations, Zambia High Commission in South Africa.

By Catherine Pule

Kalemba, March 13, 2024

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