Varsity trains 100 South African SMEs on innovation, technology

Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (WRSETA) in partnership with Zetech University  are training over 100 SMEs from South Africa on networking, marketing, customer care, and food safety regulations among other business-oriented skills.

South Africa’s High Commissioner to Kenya Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu said the skills will empower the SMEs to grow their country’s economy as well as enhance bilateral relations between Kenya and South Africa.

Mahlangu said through the South African Informal Traders Development programme, more agreements and partnerships will be signed and implemented.

“Informal cross-border trade contributes to regional integration as the traders move and distribute goods across borders. They contribute to development, poverty alleviation, and attain food security,” he said.

Zetech University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Njenga Munene said the training will broaden SMEs’ focus on technology and innovation to enable them to grow their brands.

“As a university, we have not been left behind in providing solutions to challenges facing the informal sector,” he said.

Kiambu County CECM for Trade Nancy Gichung’wa noted that the County will continue supporting investors to grow their enterprises in various sectors by providing them with a better environment for growth.

She called on locals and foreigners to grab the numerous opportunities existing in the vast county.

“Kiambu is open for business. We are ready to help our entrepreneurs go about their activities with ease and with fewer interruptions because we believe it is the informal sector that can help us create jobs, fight poverty and grow our economy.” Gichung’wa said.

By Vostine Ratemo

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