KUCHING: Sarawakian entrepreneurs and companies are urged to benefit from the state authorities’s numerous help to adapt or embrace digital expertise in operating their companies and transactions.
Assistant Minister of Worldwide Commerce and Trade, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Improvement Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais mentioned that the state authorities, by way of his ministry, had carried out a number of initiatives to help Sarawakian entrepreneurs and companies to make sure that they’d entry to the digital applied sciences to have the ability to run their companies digitally.
Talking in Astro’s discuss present Agenda Awani on Sunday night, he mentioned among the many initiatives have been Platform Bazaar Rakyat On-line Sarawakku Sayang (BROSS) and the Sarawak Entrepreneurship Grant, that are geared toward encouraging companies to embrace the digital financial system by way of numerous IT and digital applied sciences.
“A total of about 7,600 small entrepreneurs are participating in BROSS to date, with total transactions for the Ramadan fasting month alone at RM35 million,” mentioned Naroden.
BROSS was introduced and launched on April 25, 2020.
For the Sarawak Entrepreneurship Grant, Naroden mentioned it was separated into three classes.
Elaborating on the three classes, he mentioned that the primary was the Sarawak eCommerce and Innovation Grant which supplies as much as RM5,000 worth of grant to entrepreneurs that wishes to take part in digital advertising and adoption of digital cost programs, and grant as much as RM20,000 for many who need to create digital or e-platforms for the enterprise group.
“The second is the Sarawak Advertising Improvement Grant, the place a most of RM20,000 will probably be given to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) taking part in nationwide and worldwide expos.
“The third grant is the Product Development and Commercialisation Grant of up to RM200,000 for programmes or projects involving the development and commercialisation of products,” he mentioned.
Other than that, Naroden mentioned his ministry even assisted entrepreneurs and small companies wanting to advertise their services or products on-line by way of numerous social media platforms reminiscent of Youtube and TikTok.
Different authorities help supplied by the state authorities for small entrepreneurs and companies, and people aspiring to be on, he defined, embody the SME loan Scheme (Skim Pinjaman Industri Kecil Sederhana or SPIKS), Graduan Ke Arah Keusahawanan (GERAK) grant, and the Usahawan Teknikal dan Vokasional (USTEV) grant.
“The Covid-19 pandemic and the varied levels of the Motion Management Orders (MCO) have proven how essential the digital financial system is to our day by day lives in addition to to the financial system of the state.
“This has brought about changes in our economic landscape to focus more on the use of digital technology in our lives as well as regular business operations,” he mentioned.