More than 100 entrepreneurs who converged in Lilongwe for this year’s Dialogue Forum with an aim of brainstorming challenges which the sector faces when transacting businesses have expressed concern over poor business environment which the country is experiencing.
The captains of the business industry gave an example of high interests and lending rates, saying the impinge on their business growth.
But George Mwase Deputy Director in the Ministry of Trade and Industry said Government is working tirelessly to improve the business environment.
He said for example the Ministry has developed web based small-scall business portal so that anyone is able to access information online.
Mwase said government has also just put in place new policy which aims at encouraging easy access to financing.
During the meeting, delegates encouraged each other to work as a team as well as encouraging partnerships in order to overcome these challenges.
They also called for promotion of women participation in business.
SEED Malawi Director of operations Rainer Agster has since described the conference as succesful.
The conference was held under the theme ‘Leveraging Entrepreneurship for a Climate-Smart and Socially Inclusive Southern Africa’
The SEED Malawi National Dialogue Forum this year brought together around100 entrepreneurs, policy-makers,financial institutions, business development service providers and others to celebrate the journeys of eco-inclusive enterprises and collaboratively mobilise support for building the capacities of socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable entrepreneurship in the region, while exploring key questions together.
The event is part of the implementation of “Advancing the Transition to Inclusive Green Economies in Southern Africa through Eco-Inclusive Enterprise Development”, a project supported by the Government of Flanders.
SEED, founded in 2002, is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy.
Its ecosystem programmes focus on policy, financing and collaboration instruments that multiply the social, environmental and economic impacts of entrepreneurship.
SEED was founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :