The Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association (ZCBTA) is one of the associations in the country representing the interests of informal traders.
Below is what the association does.
About the ZCBTA
· The Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association (ZCBTA) was formed in April 2000.
· The association has gained recognition from the government and regional bodies such as COMESA.
· ZCBTA successfully lobbied for its members to access 12 months traders’ Visas from the South African government when the Visa regime was still in place.
· The association was selected to host the Regional Secretariat of the Southern African Cross Border Traders Association (SACBTA) and is a key driver of the COMESA Simplified Trade Regime (STR) Project.
· It is a member of Border Efficiency Management System (BEMS) and the National AIDS Council’s National Technical Working Group on HIV and AIDS in the informal economy.
· The association is accepted as a legitimate lead/coordinating agent by SMEs and informal economy associations when implementing various national programmes. ZCBTA has 7000 members of whom 76% are women.
Additional services for women entrepreneurs provided by ZCBTA
· Market intelligence to traders
· Assistance with permits and other regulatory requirements
· Lobbying the government for conducive policies for cross border traders
· The association takes groups of traders on selling missions to other countries.
· It also organizes workshops and awareness campaigns.
2 Sam Nujoma St/Kenneth Kaunda Ave
Reliance Plaza Building
Office No. 106, Harare
Tel: +263 772 259 620/0783 702 349