The Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) is a body corporate, under the Ministry of Micro , Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), established through the enactment of the Citizens Economic Empowerment Act No. 9 of 2006 to foster broad-based economic empowerment to targeted Citizens, Citizen influenced companies, Citizen empowered companies and Citizen owned companies through several integrated socio-economic strategies.
CEEC’s Empowerment Approaches
- Value Chain Development – as the lead implementing agency for the development of rural industries, CEEC pursues a value chain development approach by which citizens are being empowered to develop industries. These industries are adding value to the most competitive products/commodities at district level e.g. beef, goat, cassava, cotton, dairy, fish, honey, palm oil, poultry etc.
- Special Initiatives – these are investment activities that may fall outside prescribed value chains but represent a significant opportunity to avoid loss of jobs or to empower Zambians through emerging partnerships, seizing innovative ideas and other market developments.
- Unsolicited Approach – This is where beneficiaries submitted project applications fall outside the Commission’s call for application.
- Preferential Procurement (PP) Certification – satisfies the requirements of Statutory Instrument No. 36 of 2011 and the Public Procurement Act No. 12 of 2008. PP certification enhances the meaningful participation of citizen influenced, citizen empowered and citizen owned companies in public procurement.
How to benefit from Empowerment
The processes of accessing the various empowerment approaches offered by CEEC are as follows:
- Value Chain Approach
Under this empowerment approach, applicants are guided to ensure that their proposals are in line with value chains that CEEC is supporting in respective districts.
CEEC issues a Call for Applications, once a year, which is open to the public until a notified date and time, through various media at the beginning of a funding cycle. Application forms can be collected from designated points as advertised. Application forms are available for FREE. Receipts are issued for every application submitted and a shortlist is made public of all applications on the closing date.
- Solicited Special Initiative Application Process
CEEC will issue a Call for Applications at any time of the year in the media and other appropriate channels. The identified special initiatives will have specially drafted application forms to be collected from designated points as advertised. Application forms are available for FREE. Receipts are issued for every application submitted and a shortlist is made public of all applications on the closing date.
- Unsolicited Special Initiatives Application Process
The Commission will receive and process unsolicited applications that adhere to the following:
- Applications shall be addressed to and submitted to the Director General
- Application referred to Business Development Officer (BDO) responsible for Special Initiatives
- BDO creates a summary of applications and forwards them to the Business Development Manager
- BDM submits applications to Executive Committee, through Director MSME Business Development
- Preferential Procurement Certification
CEEC receives applications from targeted businesses and companies for PP treatment in public tenders in the following categories:
- Citizen Owned Company – where at least 50.1% of company equity is owned by citizens
- Citizen Empowered Company – where at 25-50% of company equity is owned by citizens
- Citizen Influenced Company – where at least 5-25% of company equity is owned by citizens
- Access application form from CEEC HQ, Provincial Offices or website
- Submit completed application form, with all necessary attachments (as outlined in the form), to Customer Service at CEEC HQ or Provincial Offices
- Fill in submission log book
- Customer Service communicates to successful applicants whose PP letters (certification) is ready for collection
NOTE: Applications forms are available for FREE and a timeframe for processing applications is 10 working days
- Reservation Schemes
Section 21 (1) of the CEE Act no. 9 of 2006 states as follows; “Notwithstanding any other law, after the commencement of this Act, the Ministry responsible for commerce, trade and industry shall reserve, as prescribed by the President, specific areas of commerce, trade and industry for targeted citizens, citizen empowered companies, citizen influenced companies and citizen owned companies”.
In line with this mandate, CEEC undertakes stakeholder consultations and later submits roadmaps and input to MCTI for Statutory Instruments for the Reservation Schemes for quarry, poultry, block making, cleaning, uniforms and domestic haulage.
- Sector Codes
These are voluntarily developed and legally binding codes of conduct prepared by businesses operating in an economic sector and govern their conduct in relation to empowerment of citizens. Key areas that the economic sector players will be obliged to significantly empower citizens include:
- Equity, ownership, management and control
- Preferential procurement
- Skills development
- Employment equity
- Access to finance
- Enterprise development
- Corporate social investment
- Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Project Supporting Women and the Youth in Zambia (SDEP-SWY)
With resources mobilised from the African Development Bank (AfDB), CEEC is implementing the SDEP-SWY that is supporting the construction of Industrial Yards in eight (8) target districts: Mansa, Kasama, Solwezi, Chipata, Mongu, Lusaka, Kitwe and Ndola. The Industrial Yards are providing workshops for targeted entrepreneurs in light manufacturing i.e. metal fabrication, woodwork, gemstone processing, automotive and agro-processing.
Additionally, the Project is addressing the key pre-requisites for unlocking the full potential of cassava as a commercial crop, while supporting women and youth as stakeholders along the value chain. Initial implementation of Cassava Commercialisation is being conducted in the Northern, Luapula and North-western provinces.