Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should build robust governance systems regardless of the size of their businesses for increased growth.

The call emerged during the launch of the 2017 SMEs International Expo yesterday.

The expo to be hosted in the capital from the 18th to the 21st of October under the theme, “Adhering to Good Corporate Governance and Standards to Enhance Global Competitiveness” was officially launched and also unveiled the professional SMEs Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PSCCI) board.

The PSCCI will represent and advance the rights and interest of micro SMEs through partnerships and linkages.

Speaking during the 2017 theme launch SMEs International Expo managing director, Mr Delight Makotose said this year’s edition of the expo will attract participants from various SADC countries.

PSCCI president, Mr Luxon Zembe said his organisation will cut across all sectors of the economy and represents about 5 million SMEs in the country.

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation chief executive officer, Mr Patrick Mavhura assured the SMEs sector the national broadcaster will support them to ensure the industry which has become the new economy fully harnesses its potential.

The expo will create linkages for local SMEs with other regional players to create a platform for increased growth.