This PEPZ facilitated project is being initiated to support the increase in local content into the mines. There is a need on the one hand to improve the quality of the supply
SME’s and on the other hand develop the mines to recognize that Zambian SME’s with the right support and purchasing structures can be suppliers of first choice. It is recognized that bridging this gap between demand and local supply will not be easy with mistrust and miss understandings on both sides.
The objective therefore is to build the capacity of the Copperbelt chambers of commerce in order that they can be the link between their SME members and the mines. The chambers will identify suitable SME candidates that require capacity building in manufacturing best practice. There have been a number of previous initiatives that have attempted to develop an increase in local content of manufactured goods into the mines, with varying degrees of success. This initiative will only work with the “willing” who are prepared to put in a share of their own resources, in addition this initiative will not be “doing things” to the SME’s. The SME’s will therefore be expected to be “doing things” themselves by make improvements with help and support from external experts through the chambers and PEPZ.
The objective of this assignment is to develop a road map for interventions that will lead to an increase in local procurement into the mines. The consultant will need to have a clear understanding of the stakeholders their constraints and the role that they play in securing an increase in local content. They will work alongside PEPZ and the co facilitator giving guidance that they in turn can support the key stakeholders building capacities where appropriate to the end of the project.
About the Organization
The Private Enterprise Programme Zambia (PEPZ), funded by UKaid, works with and through the Zambian private sector at the intersection of profitable business growth and inclusive economic growth. The core of the PEPZ value offer to potential partners is formulated under three headings:
- Capital: Our cost-sharing financial intervention mechanisms designed to incentivise business innovation that will benefit Zambian SMEs and micro-enterprises;
- Capacity: Our internal expertise and our network of external specialist consultants who can help intervention partners design and implement solutions; and
- Connections: Our networks and contacts that allow us to facilitate business connections and transactions.
PEPZ focuses on three target sectors important to the Zambian economy: food & agriculture, mining & mining services and tourism & hospitality.