Govt avails Covid-19 informal sector strategy


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GOVERNMENT has announced a strategy to open the informal sector hubs on a case-by-case basis that ensures all Covid-19 public health and precautionary measures are adhered to.

This follows President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent announcement that registered traders should resume operations.

According to a ministerial statement on Wednesday, the Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Sithembiso Nyoni said they will facilitate the reopening of the informal sector and ensure its sustainability even during the post-Covid-19 era.

“The fenced approach basis of micro-market hubs is focused on a case by case basis and will be employed to reopen major market hubs taking into account all the precautions and respect what the health guidelines are saying.

“In order to ensure that the previous disorder does not come back, the ministry, working with sector associations and other key stakeholders, has come up with a strategy to facilitate the reopening of the sector,” she said.

“Each individual market will be required to satisfy the Covid-19 public health guidelines which include temperature checking at entry points, sanitisation, wearing of masks, social distancing in markets and other measures unique to the respective informal sector hub.”

In the event of workplace constraints, vendors should use a rotation system, said Nyoni.

The minister encouraged those requiring to be given working spaces to approach their respective local authorities to regularise their operations.

She added that her ministry has begun working with local authorities to build new workspaces in an effort to decongest the markets.

Nyoni said only registered micro-enterprises will access the $500 million SMEs support fund.


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