The Department of Small Business Development has commissioned a research study into opportunities and best practices for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) within the Special Economic Zones Programme.
“We are also studying the specific sectors and industries that are earmarked for certain SEZs and looking at working with local and provincial government to see how best we can directly support these sectors mainly in high-end productive sectors such as manufacturing and industrialisation, auto-motives, agro-processing and business services in order for us to direct our support accordingly,” Zulu said.
Zulu was speaking on the second day of the first National Special Economic Zones Conference, in Durban, on Thursday.
The conference is hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.
Zulu said the study into the link between SMMEs and SEZ is important, as both programmes are part of government’s mix of economic interventions aimed at growing the economy and creating jobs.
“The SEZ programme is an important tool for achieving
“This is where small and medium enterprises play a significant role in the lives of these communities and regions,” said Zulu.
Over 500 delegates representing national, provincial and local government, State-owned entities, SEZs, industry associations, industry experts