By Iden M Maphosa
The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Judith Ncube, yesterday officially launched the Metro Mini Factories Centre Program.
Speaking during the launch, Ncube said the program has created space for more than 60 business entrepreneurs which is a special significance to the people and government, on migrating from informal to formal sector.
“There are close to 60 business entrepreneurs in the complex, the process took time to finally get to where we are today, but this has attached an element of value and pride for this center in respect of entrepreneurs themselves,” said Ncube
Speaking during the same event, Deputy Minister of Women Affairs Community Small and Medium Enterprises Development Jenipher Mhlanga said the government has set out and vowed to create an enabling legal and regulatory environment for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) , recognising their importance in economy development.
“As your government we have set out and vowed that we will create an enabling legal and regulatory environment for you as our SME’s recognising the importance of the SME’s in the economy of our country in the livelihoods of our people,” Said Mhlanga.
The Director of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Hoplan Pororo finally said the need of transforming from informal to formal sector is the central ambition of the 2030 agenda which is set to leave no one behind.
“Moving forward the central ambition of the 2030 sustainable development agenda, to leave no one behind, certainly resonates with the billions of informal economy around the world including Zimbabwe,” said Pororo.