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Entrepreneurship training for Malaysian SMEs

AvantiKumar | July 15, 2013
SME Bank, Intel partnership to explore and promote technology and entrepreneurship training to Malaysian SMEs.

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Photo - (From left) Dr Sheikh Ghazali Sheikh Abod, Director, Centre for Entrepreneur Development and Research (CEDAR); Datuk Mohd Radzif Mohd Yunus, Managing Director, SME Bank; Dato' Gumuri Hussain, Chairman, SME Bank; Dato Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed, Minister for International Trade and Industry'; Uday Marty, Managing Director, Intel South East Asia; and Prakash Mallya, Country Manager of Intel Malaysia and Singapore.


Semiconductor firm Intel Malaysia has signed a memorandum of agreement with SME Bank to examine the feasibility of using two Intel training programmes to complement the bank's training programme to the local small and medium enterprise (SME) sector;

Under the agreement, two proposed programmes - Intel Learn Easy Steps and Intel Entrepreneurship Basic (E-Basics) - would be conducted by SME Bank's Center of Entrepreneur Development and Research (CEDAR) to help SME owners, who have taken advantage of loans offered by the SME Development Scheme fund, with appropriate ICT and entrepreneurial skills.

"The MoU [memorandum of agreement] signifies the intention of Intel and SME Bank to work together to implement the proposed Intel Learn Easy Steps and E-Basics programme to benefit the SME community, and underlines Intel's commitment as a corporate citizen to provide learning opportunities for budding entrepreneurs and mature SMEs owners to acquire ICT skills that are relevant for day-to-day business operations," said Intel Malaysia country manager of sales & marketing, Malaysia and Singapore, Prakash Mallya. "Together with SME Bank, we aim to drive technology uptake among SMEs in Malaysia."

The Intel Learn Easy Steps is a training module suited for adult and youth learners with little or no experience with computers, and who are in need of basic technology skills.  The Intel E-Basics on the other hand is a starter toolkit, which contains context-based learning and modules on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship.

"Intel has done very well in evolving from lower-value manufacturing to moving up the value chain and providing high-income employment opportunities. Intel is a good example of a corporate citizen that contributes immensely to nation-building through their CSR and community development programmes," said the minister of International Trade, Y.B. Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed.

 Capacity building for SMEs

Mustapa said the Intel Learn Easy Steps and E-Basics training programmes are examples of Intel's CSR [corporate social responsibility] in capacity building for the SMEs, in enhancing the SMEs entrepreneurial skills and equipping the SMEs with IT and entrepreneurial skills.

During the signing ceremony, SME Bank was represented by YBhg Dr Sheikh Ghazali Sheikh Abod, director, Centre for Entrepreneur Development and Research (CEDAR) and Intel was represented by its country manager, Prakash Mallya. This MoU signing ceremony was witnessed by Y.B. Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed minister of International Trade and Industry together with chairman of SME Bank, YBhg Dato' Gumuri Hussain and managing Director of Intel South East Asia, Uday Marty.

In conjunction with its effort to accelerate ICT adoption to increase and improve opportunities for SMEs in Malaysia, Intel Malaysia is working with some of its partners to provide enterprise level computers at special prices. This includes Lenovo Malaysia, which is offering selected ThinkCentre Edge and ThinkPad packages at special prices [visit the Lenovo Malaysia website for more details].


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