The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) is a business member organisation which is driven by a secretariat through sub-committees that provide the platform for members to contribute ideas on how the chamber conducts its business.
It is through this structure that the chamber has a sub-committee which focuses and incubates small to medium enterprises (SMEs). This desk tackles issues which are specific to SMEs, including information dissemination. It also rolls out training courses to SMEs.
The SMEs desk also promotes and incubates young entrepreneur’s concerns.
Currently, the SMEs desk is being chaired by Tamuka Macheka, who is also the current the vice-president for ZNCC Manicaland Region. The SMEs committee comprises of bankers, auditors, businesspeople and executives.
The ZNCC SMEs desk also participates in international events like the upcoming China-Africa SMEs Convention in Shanghai, China being organised by Reliconn and Global Alliance of SMEs.
Reliconn and Global Alliance of SMEs, with the help of ZXEvents with the support of the Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and the Shanghai City government are organising the China-Africa SMEs Convention from June 7 to 10.
The ZNCC will be one of the chambers of commerce participating on this platform with its members and stakeholders from different sectors. The convention is a platform for African SMEs to trade and partner with Chinese SMEs, to learn from the experience of their Chinese counterparts, and to find opportunities for investment from Chinese and African investors.
During the event, African and Chinese SMEs will meet face-to-face to establish long-term trade and business relationships which will lead to technology transfer. African SMEs will also learn from the experience of Chinese SMEs through company visits and sharing.
This business event is anticipated to gather more than 3 000 Chinese and African companies. There will also be training sessions from remarkable Chinese professors and business leaders thus a good exchange program for African SMEs to learn about the available Chinese manufacturing technologies and also about how China grew economically.
SMEs are widely known for their importance in contributing to economic growth and development across regions. In China, for instance, according to a 2014 report by the World Trade Organisation, SMEs contributed up to 60% of China’s GDP.
SMEs in Africa lack the tools and technology to play this role for African economies. It is with this background that Reliconn and its partners have found it necessary to organise this and invite the chambers of commerce to participate together with their members so as to capacitate the African SMEs.
It is against this background that the China-Africa SMEs Convention for African SMEs to trade, partner and learn from the experience of Chinese SMEs to become the engine of Africa’s is being held.
The ZNCC as the “Voice of Business” in Zimbabwe, takes this opportunity to invite its members and other business people to come on board and be part of the delegates to represent Zimbabwe in these lucrative meetings with potential Chinese business partners and investors.
Benefits of attending this platform are hand in hand with the interests of ZNCC which is to capacitate the SMEs in Zimbabwe so that they may contribute significantly to the rebuilding of the ailing economy of Zimbabwe. This platform will provide the local business community with business advice, business networking and business linkages with investors and companies in China.
ZNCC SMEs desk is urging the captains of industries, business executives, marketing executives and individuals with interest in entrepreneurship to register and participate in the China-Africa SMEs Convention.
The convention’s package for participants will include the following benefits:
Meeting potential partners and investors;
Five nights in a business hotel;
Transportation from airport;
Transportation from hotel to the convention;
One translator during the convention;
Transportation for company visits;
Welcome cocktail;Three meals per day; and Visiting Yiwu City and meeting more potential partners on June 10.
The venue of the event is Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Centre of International Sourcing.
This event is open to all ZNCC members and stakeholders. For more information on how to be part of the ZNCC delegation to China-Africa SMEs Convention, contact the ZNCC secretariat in your region for assistance.
To register contact:
5th Floor Zambia House
48 Kwame Nkrumah Avenue
Tel: +263 293 55 30/1
0777 489 645
8th Ave and Fort Street
100 a Public Library Building
Tel: 09 70336
Office no 7
Tel: +263 20 69 285
3 Marinor Court
25 Main Street