The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has described the Zambian government as a robust promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation among the youth in the country.
COMESA Director of Investment, Promotion and Private Sector Development Chungu Mwila said he is aware of Government's projects to empower the youth such as the Youth Development Fund meant to give Government loans to young entrepreneurs to start up businesses for special projects.
He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Small and Medium (SME) Global Entrepreneurship Week in Lusaka today.
ZANIS reports that Dr. Mwila said it was imperative for the country to be holding meetings such as the Global Entrepreneurship Week as it encouraged young people to generate ideas and embrace innovation.
He also disclosed that the event which had attracted about 80 participants was well balanced and included students, youths and Small and Medum Entrepreneurs SMEs country wide.
Dr. Mwila disclosed that the Youth Graduate Empowerment Programme was another Government programme being implemented through technical colleges to support graduates with technical tools to set up business ventures.
However, he thanked Access bank for expressing interest to partner with COMESA to host a national event such as the 2010 SME Global Entrepreneurship Week calling on other banks, businesses and institutions involved in business development and innovations to emulate Access bank Zambia.
Dr. Mwila encouraged the participants to make use of the knowledge and skills they acquired from the meeting adding that they should not remain the same.