SMEDI DETERMINED TO TAKE SERVICES TO PEOPLE

We will reach you! SMEDI determined to take the service to people

SMEDI Regional Manager for the South Lucy Limbe has reiterated SMEDI commitment to improve citizenry SMEDI services uptake. She was speaking this along the sidelines of the regional office Blantyre outreach program where the regional office took its entrepreneurship mobile clinics to selected major trading centers of Blantyre City.

What are entrepreneurship mobile clinics?

Entrepreneurship mobile clinics is an internal concept used by SMEDI to refer to the program which SMEDI offers the services in the convenience reach of SMEs. It involves pitching of a tent on the trading centers where SMEs are allowed to seek information and advisory services from SMEDI officers. The concept was conceived in an effort to reduce distances SMEs travel to access professional coaching and advisory services.

What has been the reception of SMEs so far?

Most SMEs have welcomed the development evidenced reasonable numbers of SMEs that patronized the services during the mobile clinics. “I didn’t know that the government can humble itself and come right in my hood to offer its services’ Said Sifa Anafi a Kaunjika Seller at Chirimba.” Our challenge is that such initiatives are a once off activity without any consistency because hereafter you will completely disappear. We need these services closer as always” She said.

SMEDI Management plans on the program.
Mr. Edward Chilima The Director of Business Information and Training Coordination is on record to have said improving service outreach to SMEs is one of the priority strategic issues SMEDI wants to pursue in the short to medium term. It is hoped that such activities like these will be up scaled to other regional offices in central and northern regions.

Lucy Limbe Regional Manager of South said “We want to reach more and more trading centers. Our only challenge are resources which are always limited in view of the fact there are other areas that need the same resources. However as a regional service we are buoyed by the patronage received so far, and we will not hesitate to make this a routine program.” She said.

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