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Malaysian SMEs should ramp up ICT use

AvantiKumar | Sept. 6, 2013
SME Corp. Malaysia, CEDAR and Intel hold roundtable to bolster the ICT message to small and medium enterprises.

 

SME Corp speaker - mid modified 

Photo  - Karunajothi Kandasamy, Senior Director of Economics and Policy Planning Division, SME Corp. Malaysia .

SME Corp. Malaysia senior director of economics and policy planning division,  Karunajothi Kandasamy, said: "We extend our congratulations to Intel Malaysia and SME Bank on their collaboration in efforts to equip SME owners with relevant ICT and entrepreneurial skills."

"Collaborations such as these are exactly what the ecosystem needs in order for Malaysian SMEs to move ahead with the times and for businesses to truly achieve their potential," said Kandasamy.

She said the SME Census 2011 showed that there are a total of 645,136 SMEs operating in Malaysia, representing 97.3 percent of the total business establishment.

The Government has through the SME Masterplan 2012 - 2020 proposed six high impact programmess to help Malaysian SMEs move up the value chain with specific targets including a 41 percent contribution to the national gross domestic product (GDP) (up from 32 percent in 2010) as well as contributing to 62 percent of employment in the country (up from 59 percent in 2010) and 25 percent of exports (up from 19 percent in 2010).

Among other things, these high impact programmes are aimed at expediting the internationalisation of local SMEs as well as empowering the bottom 40 percent of the income group via inclusive innovation and technology, she added.

Intel Malaysia's SME 'Level Up Your Business' campaign (smbdotInteldotMy/levelup), which encourages increased use of ICT by SMEs, includes free consultation as well as exclusive deals and bundles for Intel-powered PCs to SME business owners from Intel and its partners including HP, Acer, McAfee, ServerWare, SNS Network and TAKNET Systems.

Uday Marty and Prakash Mallya of Intel

Photo -  (From left) Uday Marty, Managing Director, Intel South East Asia and Prakash Mallya, Country Manager Sales and Marketing Intel Malaysia and Singapore announcing the launch of Intel's SME "Level Up Your Business"

 

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