Friday, January 1, 2010

DUN Sitting (Day Eight): SMEs in major sectors assisted with training, says Dr Chan

(Nov 10, 2010)

SHIPBUILDING, electrical and electronic sectors will be provided with training by the Ministry of Industrial Development.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan said the ministry was planning to broaden the training scope for the three sectors to really help the small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) in the state.

According to him, the ministry at the moment has assisted in the entrepreneurial and skill development of the SMEs in three sectors, namely; food-based, fabric and ceramic.

“The success of transforming SMEs to be more competitive and resilient depends largely on human capital development and knowledge enrichment, which are imperative for SMEs,” said Dr Chan, who is also the Industrial Development Minister in his winding-up speech.

Dr Chan acknowledged that domestic SMEs were the main drivers of growth, adding that this was spelt in the New Economic Model and the 10th Malaysian Plan, to unleash the untapped potential.

Based on the Department of Statistics, there are about 33,000 SMEs in the state, out of the 35,000 establishments.

SMEs, he noted have contributed immensely towards the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), employment and the economy.

Dr Chan also said that Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) will continue with the Groom Big Programme in the 10th Malaysia Plan.

Such programme – product quality improvement programme – was initiated from Nov 2007 until March 2008, and involved 23 entrepreneurs in the food and beverage sector. The main objective of the programme was to nurture domestic enterprises to capture international markets.

He hoped that domestic SMEs to continue upgrade their skills and technologies to be able to competitive and meet the challenges of the globalised world.

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