Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) involved in the manufacturing of detergents and Personal Protective Equipment say they has been notable increase in demand for their products during the Covid-19 period.
A detergent manufacturer said, “Covid-19 came and we were one of the few players in Byo who were producing sanitisers so because of the demand we started having many people coming to seek these products. We started getting more people buying and this increased sales. This has increased our supply sheet database.”
“The coming of the covid-19 pandemic has played a great role in uplifting our visibility. We have been working with various hospitals in the city supplying hospital equipment and this has really boosted business,” another said.
Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Minister Dr Sithembiso Nyoni says SMEs continue to play a key role in uplifting the economy in line with the National Development Strategy One.
“SMEs continue to drive the economy as government pushes the revival of big industries,” said Dr Nyoni.
The Second Republic is on a drive to capacitate the SMEs sector which is a key contributor to employment creation.