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      11 July 2017  

Government Chief Secretary launches new SDC e-commerce platform for entrepreneurs

Kota Kinabalu(Tuesday) - Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Ali Hamsa this morning launched the SDC Entrepreneur Business Portal (SDCBiz Link), held in conjunction with the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) Development Coordination special meeting. The SDCBiz Link is an e-commerce platform meant for promoting and marketing Sabahan entrepreneurs' products at the global level, of which the objectives are to facilitate access of global markets for these entrepreneurs, as well as to promote Made in Sabah products. Entrepreneurs under the SDC entrepreneurship development programmes, as well as other SDC investors, will be able to utilise the SDCBiz Link to trade seamlessly online with each other, as well as other entrepreneurs and traders in general.

  Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Ali Hamsa this morning launched the SDC Entrepreneur Business Portal (SDCBiz Link)

The Government Chief Secretary also presented letters of approval to several business incubatees under the SEDIA bumiputera SME incubator programme, who had managed to successfully pitch their business plans, as well as presenting cheques for Sabah SME-SMI development funds to several other business incubatees that had already begun their business activities.

  Members of SEDIA with some of the Sabah SME-SMI development fund's recipients.

The Sabah SME-SMI development fund is provided for capacity building and business financing of Bumiputera entrepreneurs, while the SEDIA bumiputera SME incubator programme is designed to encourage the creation of new entrepreneurs especially in knowledge-intensive sectors; meant to create greater awareness of business opportunities as well as facilitate access to business support and shared services. As at June 30, 2017, SDC entrepreneurship development programmes consist of 203 incubatees, of whom 79 have had their funds approved with an accumulated grant of about RM7.23 million, with total project cost of RM33.78 million.

Many of the business incubatees had registered for SDC entrepreneurship development programmes during the Gerak IKS SDC roadshow programme that had been held throughout 2016 up until early 2017. The roadshow, which had reached out to over 8,000 people during stops at Kimanis Sipitang, Sandakan, Kota Marudu, Tambunan and Tawau, had comprised of talks covering various topics relating to industry opportunities and business assistance, business matching opportunities, and advisory services by government agencies. Mini exhibitions were also held to display the products of entrepreneurs and start-ups.

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