By BUSINESS REPORTER
GOVERNMENT has directed the Citizens’ Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) to give more loans to women entrepreneurs to enable them participate effectively in the economic growth of Zambia.
Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Christopher Yaluma said CEEC must give priority to business projects run by women.
Mr Yaluma noted that many women were failing to take part in Zambia’s economy due to lack of financial support.
He said this on Tuesday at the just ended World Export Development Forum (WEDF) which was held in Lusaka.
“CEEC must ensure that female entrepreneurs receive top priority whenever they are giving loans. We need to see the participation of more women in the economic development of our country,” Mr Yaluma said.
He said he would ensure that a good number of Zambian women benefitted from CEEC programmes.
“We must ensure that women entrepreneurs are supported regardless of the economic sector they are in: agriculture, agro-processing, fashion and so on,” Mr Yaluma said. And Vice President Inonge Wina urged women in Zambia to apply for investment loans from CEEC.
Ms Wina said she would ensure that Mr Yaluma’s directive is implemented.
Ms Wina said it was government’s vision to see Zambian women entrepreneurs prosper.
“The minister has spoken well, he has talked about important things. I want to urge women in Zambia to follow him to his office if the loans will not be given to you,” Ms Wina said.