Most SMEs in the country lack the capacity in terms of qualified personnel to manage their activities. As a result, they are unable to publish the same quality of financial information as those big firms and such are not able to provide audited financial statement, which is one of the essential requirements in accessing credit from financial institution. Financial institutions have little influence on SMEs financing because most of SME owners or managers frequently used retained earnings or profit (self-financing) and funds from relatives/friends to finance their business as a source of finance. Another interesting revelation with regards to the high rate of defaults in repayment of loans contracted, relates to the tight Cash flow situations of these SMEs that is mostly due to difficulties in the management of the account receivables of the respective SMEs surveyed. Encouraging financial institutions (banks & nonbanks) to establish factoring services, enforcement of the credit reporting act and finally provision of tax incentives for banks that lend to SMEs to encourage others to do the same. The analysis should be helpful to small and Medium entrepreneurs.
Bridget Chileshe Mulenga
Bridget C. Mulenga, MA, Studied Economics and Finance at Information and Communication University. Assistant Manager - Insurance Services, Bank of Zambia, Zambia.
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
GOOD FINANCIAL POLICIES, SUPPORT GROWTH OF SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES IN ZAMBIA
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management