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Hundreds of illegal vendors yesterday took part in a clean-up campaign as they prepared to relocate to designated selling sites as per Government directive.

Government gave the vendors until June 26 to relocate from streets and pavements in all urban centres to new vending sites. Harare City Council is constructing vending sites while box parks for small to medium enterprises will be constructed by Government.

The parks will accommodate retailing, wholesaling and manufacturing.

Speaking during a clean-up campaign carried out by vendors in the central business district in Harare yesterday, Small to Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development Minister, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni, said vendors should be patient while her ministry as the box parks were being developed.

“You Zimbabweans, young and old, have made us very proud by cleaning up the city. That is being patriotic and an example of a good businessman and businesswoman,” she said.

“We do not want people to just sell. We don’t want to be a nation of vendors. We want you as SMEs to produce, sell and to trade not just to buy and sell. The SME’s have made the economy tick,” she said.

She commended the City of Harare for incorporating vendors in the economy by allocating them new sites. Minister Nyoni also commended the vendors for the clean-up exercise spearheaded by Queen of Grace ZimAsset Trust.

She castigated unregistered vendors’ associations that were urging people to disregard a Government directive to move to designated sites.

Zanu-PF Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Pupurai Togarepi, challenged youths to take aantage of this initiative and get incorporated into the SME programme, which would support economic growth in Zimbabwe just like in India and China.

“SMEs are important to the economy. Countries like India and China have g economies that were backed up by SMEs, which are the backbone of every economy. It is time for the youths to unite with everyone else and work together to rebuild our economy,” he said.

Cde Togarepi said those in the SMEs should be viewed like any other person with a profession and that no one should look down upon them as they were a special cog of economic development.

He said vendors must take aantage of the newly initiated loan scheme for financial assistance.

Cde Togarepi said cubicles were to be erected at all designated sites that would offer financial assistance to those who wished to borrow money to develop their enterprises.

He said no collateral would be required when borrowing money to finance development of the SMEs.

Source : The Herald

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