Business Linkage initiatives empower MSMEs to become “partnership ready” as suppliers, distributors and contractors to large national and transnational corporations.
The Zambia Business Linkages Programme has been in operation since 2008. Aimed at facilitating the creation of commercially viable business partnerships between Zambian MSMEs and large national and transnational corporations, the programme has helped Zambian firms to become reliable and competitive suppliers, distributors and sub-contractors to corporations such as Pick’n’Pay, SABMiller, Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Konkola Copper Mines, Mopani Copper Mines, Copperbelt Energy Corporation, and National Housing Authority.
The main objective of the Business Linkages Programme in Zambia is to enhance the productive capacity, efficiency and competitiveness of the domestic private sector by promoting durable and mutually beneficial business partnerships between affiliates of TNCs or large local companies and Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs).
The Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) as a local partner is technically supported by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to implement the programme.
Within this same framework, the Business Linkages component of the Zambia Green Jobs programme (ZGJP) aims at increasing access to markets for local MSMEs through linkages with large companies along the green housing construction value chain.
The Zambia Green Jobs Programme Business Linkages Initiative will:
- Upgrade the capacity of MSMEs to participate effectively in the green building value chain as raw material suppliers, service providers, and building sub-contractors to large firms, for both retro-fitting and new building projects;
- Promote green foreign direct investment into Zambia’s real estate sector, especially via joint ventures and public private partnerships;
- Stimulate policy dialogue with local authorities, based on UNCTAD’s global clout in advising governments on investment and enterprise policy;
- Encourage entrepreneurship, based on UNCTAD’s acclaimed Empretec methodology which has trained more than 300,000 entrepreneurs in 34 countries;
- Enable MSMEs to take part in green building trade fairs, expos and study tours and targeted training sessions co-organised by leading national and international real estate firms.