The call was made by the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development, Cde. Sithembiso Nyoni during the launch of the United Nations Year of Co-operatives held in Harare.
Cde Nyoni said local communities can contribute immensely to the countryâ€™s economic revival by coming together to form co-operatives.
United Nations Development Programmeâ€™s Economic Advisor, Mr James Wakiaga, who spoke to ZBC News during the same event said co-operatives are also a means of alleviating poverty.
The UN has declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives with the theme, â€œCooperative Enterprises Build a Better Worldâ€, in line with its efforts to create business opportunities within communities.