SA, Zim pledge to boost small enterprise

2012-10-18 06:53

South Africa and Zimbabwe have agreed to boost development of small enterprises and co-operatives in both countries, the trade and industry department has said.

A team responsible for co-operative development in South Africa would visit Zimbabwe by February 2013, according to an agreement signed between the two countries in Harare on Tuesday.

“[It will] study the setting up of a co-operative training academy in that country, explore areas of commodity exchanges and facilitate trade among co-operatives from both countries,” the department said in a statement.

“The group will also study... a franchise that seeks to facilitate relationships between small manufacturers, suppliers and the co-operatives, especially in rural areas.”

Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe said in a statement: “The expected beneficiaries of these visits and interaction between governments will be business people themselves. There is a lot that our countries can co-operate in for the development of our small business sector.”

The Small Enterprise Development Agency of SA and its Zimbabwean counterpart would meet soon to discuss areas of co-operation and the possibility of signing a memorandum of understanding by year-end.


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.