President Robert Mugabe has saluted small to medium enterprises (SMEs) for the good work that they are doing to create jobs and generate wealth for the country.

The President was addressing members of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of SMEs who presented him with belated 93rd birthday gifts at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare this Wednesday afternoon.

Cde Mugabe said the SMEs innovation and productivity is what government would want to see instead of waiting for government or other people to create jobs for people.

The President challenged Harare as the capital city to take the lead in creating jobs through the SMEs sector saying other provinces should emulate that example and spread the initiative to rural settings led by chiefs who should organise their communities for self-employment through various projects.

Zimbabwe Chamber of SMEs president Daniel Chinyemba said the organisation is presenting the belated presents comprising mainly groceries to the President and the First Family as an expression of gratitude for the favourable SMEs policies and empowerment of the majority.

He said through favourable policies proffered by President Mugabe, SMEs have created more than 2 million jobs since 2013, thereby contributing to the success of ZIM ASSET.

The two vice presidents Cdes Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa, government ministers and party HQ employees and a local paint manufacturing company, witnessed the brief ceremony.