The Ministry of Small to Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development in conjunction with the Indian embassy has began rolling out the capacity building development programme under the Indo-Zim project aimed at equipping local entrepreneurs with relevant business management skills.
Over 70 local entrepreneurs from Harare province undertook training in the fields of general management of small to medium enterprises, financial aspects and marketing.
The training is part of the on-going capacity building programme being spearheaded by government in partnership with the Indian government.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Eveline Ndlovu hailed the commencement of the programme which he said is critical in creating an enabling environment that promotes vibrant small and medium enterprises.
Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. Jeitendra Tripathi emphasised the important role played by small to medium enterprises in promoting equitable and sustainable economic development and expressed confidence the training programme will enable the entrepreneurs to adapt to the changing business environment.
Several technology centres have been set up across the country under the US$5 million grant extended to Zimbabwe by the Indian government. The centres houses state-of-the-art machinery for small to medium enterprises projects.
Observers believe that the maximum utilisation of the machinery will go a long way towards the revitalisation and development of the small to medium enterprises sector.