Speaking with leaders of various entrepreneurs in the district, Makonda ordered business officers to change their working style by spending time in the field instead of sitting in offices waiting to issue business licences.
“You should work on establishing a special desk that will provide business advisory services to SMEs to enable them improve their businesses and thus become potential and sustainable taxpayers,” he said.
On the other hand, he called on the Business Registration and Licensing Agency (Brela) to team up with district councils in order to establish a data base of surviving businesses.
He said lack of business management skills was a major huddle to most small firms.
“You should not focus on asking them to register their companies, business registration and other issues. The focus should be sustainability of their businesses,” he said.
He said new ideas depended on what you see in your mind and the ability to utilize them, urging SMEs to use available funds from commercial banks to realize their innovative ideas and thus increase their production output.