by Ndumiso Mlilo
JOHANNESBURG(Xinhua) -- Attendees at
the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2017 in Johannesburg
agreed that interventions from all stakeholders are required to
improve performance of entrepreneurs in Africa.
Africa’s Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu on
Wednesday said all role players have to make interventions for
the entrepreneurs to grow.
Zulu said entrepreneurs had to be supported with
infrastructure and good policies.
Zulu said in their meetings with other African ministers some
said small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) were not
elevated enough on the African Agenda.
"As governments we should govern with SMMEs in mind.
"We should consult them before coming with legislation and
have dialogue with them all times," she said.
Zulu also said government in promoting entrepreneurship
should not leave behind those in the remote areas, women, youths
and those with disabilities.
Martin Bwalya, senior advisor to the CEO of the New
Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), said Africa’s
circumstances required for affirmative action for SMMEs to boost
economic growth and industrialization.
"These might be unpopular but necessary for the medium to
long term to create wealth with our natural resources," he said.
Bwalya mentioned technology as a major enabler of
Pointing to the popularity of Kenya’s mobile payment system
among entrepreneurs, he encouraged governments to move fast and
catch up with technological advancement.
Elsie Kanza, member of Executive Committee at World Economic
Forum, said government policies need to be agile and support the
entrepreneurship growth and environmental friendly.
Kanza said Africa should encourage grassroots innovations
like it happened in Brazil and India.
"Governments and big corporate should empower the poor
entrepreneurs to come up with solutions.
"This includes education.
"About 20 percent of Africans have access to internet.
"The public and the private sector should bring about
universal access to promote the use of technology to help
entrepreneurship," Kanza said.