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LOCAL authorities should do more to support Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through offering decent and conducive places to operate from.

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women’s Affairs, Community Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Maybe Mbowa, said this during a recent tour of SMEs operations in Kwekwe.

The committee has embarked on a nationwide tour of SMEs to get first-hand information on the challenges faced by the businesses across the country.

Speaking to journalists after the visit, Mbowa said it was worrying that local authorities were mainly keen on collecting taxes and other benefits from SMEs businesses without creating a supporting environment for businesses to operate.

“We are saying SMEs are accounting for about 72 percent of the country’s workforce and as such this is a very crucial sector in our economy,”

she said.

Representatives from Kwekwe-based SMEs operators ranging from small-scale miners, flea market owners and food outlets, attended the function that was held at Kwekwe Recreational Park.

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