16 July 2014

Mozambique: Guiding Tools for Inclusive Business

Maputo — Inclusive business concept was born in 2008 and is defined by the (United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as a commercially viable model that benefits low-income communities - those living with less than $ 8 per day - to include them in a company's value chain as clients and consumers or as producers or entrepreneurs. After experiences in the United States, Brazil, Ecuador, India, China, is time for Mozambique to introduce this concept. The Council for Inclusive Business (CNI) together with CTA, have made efforts to introduce and spread this model in Mozambican entrepreneurial practices. This time, in partnership with the Southern Africa Trust and the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), the Guiding Tools for Inclusive Business (B4D) were launched.

B4D instruments are designed to support companies performances in their attempts to integrate micro and small enterprises in their value chains.

Entrepreneurs present in the event tested this innovative barometer, including an online self-assessment questionnaire, as well as a guide on how to implement or expand inclusive business activities in their company.

Rogério Manuel, CTA President said he was: "confident that these instruments will contribute to the generation of inclusive growth and to strengthen the management of value chains, for the opportunity to drive innovation and hand labour, and the need to improve institutional relationships and social stability". Rogério Manuel also noted that CTA "runs towards inclusive business models" and hopes it can contribute to the "growth and strengthening of SMEs" since they are the "engine for economic growth and development".

Rik Overmars, director of SNV, has warned that it is necessary to manage a sustainable growth in order to avoid the Dutch disease that would lead to a poorer Mozambique.

To Overmars, "including Mozambicans in our businesses, either as consumers or as producers" is a must for any successful company.

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