Young people need help to access bigger markets – Mukumbuta
By Staff Reporter
The Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) says young local entrepreneurs need the full support to acquire better equipment and access bigger markets.
CEEC Director General Likando Mukumbuta said that the commission wanted to achieve this through the industrial yards being constructed in selected districts in the country.
Mukumbuta said this in Lusaka yesterday, when CEEC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) in Lusaka.
He said that Zambia’s young entrepreneurs had good ideas and needed support to crack bigger markets.
“When the industrial yards are completed, the commission will prioritize entrepreneurs on the streets and help them in having access to changing technology and acquire better equipment for their entrepreneurships,” he said.
Mukumbuta acknowledged that manufacturing alone cannot help entrepreneurs to progress into the competitive global world but that this has to come with innovation.
Speaking at the same event, ZICTA Director General Patrick Mutimushi underscored the need for ZICTA and CEEC to enhance collaboration with respect to the development and support towards innovation throughout the country.
“It is a well-known fact that technology and innovation development are an important agenda item not only for the institutions, but government as well. This can be evidenced by the establishment of initiatives that support this cause, such as ZICTA’s ICT Innovation Programme, which is aimed at unravelling the potential of Zambian innovators who embrace the use ICT, and CEEC’s Value Chain Development Programme through which the institution aims at offering empowerment services to targeted citizens who wish to undertake ICT-related business projects,” he said.
Mutimushi expressed optimism that the partnership would build a cadre of young people who will anchor the development of the ICT sector and be change agents in the transition towards a digital society and economic development.
“I am very confident that this collaboration, through combined efforts and commitment from both ourselves and the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission, will inspire local innovators to bring forth innovations that will be practical solutions to real problems that society faces,” he said.