Players in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector say availability of spaces to work from as well as access to markets remain major hurdles in the development of the sector.
SMEs who were exhibiting their wares in Chitungwiza recently say they need assistance in linking them to more lucrative markets as well as strategic locations where they can operate from.
The Chitungwiza Municipality has pledged to assist SMEs by availing factory shells in the dormitory town for them to operate from.
The move is expected to ease the burden of the SMEs, many of whom operate from areas that impact negatively on the environment and their operations.
There is need to ensure the SMEs sector is prioritised, particularly by local authorities especially in providing spaces to operate from given the contribution they have made to national development, says Grassroots Empowerment Projects national president Ms Betty Mutero.
Globally, SMEs are taking a bigger and more significant role and becoming as important as large firms in the creation of gross and net new jobs in the new economic order.