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      04 August 2018  

SDC SMEs showcase products at SIFBF 2018

Kota Kinabalu (Saturday) - The Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) is showcasing entrepreneur products during the Sabah International Food and Beverage Fair 2018 (SIFBF 2018), held at Suria Sabah shopping mall during August 3-5, 2018. With over 50 booths, SIFBF 2018 features many products from throughout Malaysia as well as from Brunei, Indonesia and Philippines. The opportunity to showcase a variety of local SME products was made possible through an invitation for SEDIA to participate in the event that was extended by SIFBF 2018 organiser, the Federation of Sabah Industries.

  These entrepreneurs had developed their products and businesses through participation in SDC SME development programmes, and are showcasing their products during SIFBF 2018

The entrepreneur products showcased at the SEDIA booth are the result of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that had undergone Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) SME development programmes. SEDIA collaborated closely with TERAJU and SME Corp to introduce these programmes to local entrepreneurs and start-ups.

  These SDC SME products are showcased at the SEDIA booth during SIFBF 2018

Through these programmes, SEDIA assists entrepreneurs in various capacities including but not limited to business licensing, product packaging, skills development, networking, and product certification. SME products available at the SEDIA booth, along with their corresponding entrepreneurs, are as follows:

  • Sambal Tahai (DM Scrumptious)
  • Chocolate-based foods (Coklat's Enterprise)
  • Ice cream (Cikmia Co.)
  • Soursop drink (Hanyaaku Sdn. Bhd.)
  • Lactation cookies (Millionbytes Marketing)
  • Stingless bee honey-based products (Sabatrigona Industries Sdn Bhd)
  • Fruit cordial (Zayd Food and Beverage)
  • Virgin coconut oil (Zaimrahim)
  • Herbal health products (MS Herbal Sdn Bhd)
  • Coconut-based foods (CT Food Industrial)
  • Dried noodles (Wawasan Nordawiyah Jaya)
  • Chocolates (RY Enterprise)
  • Sambal MENAQ (Rina Resources)
  • Cooking pastes (Qyra Anugera)
  • Sambal sauce and cooking paste (Jaki Juta Jaya Trading)
  • Coconut-based products (Sabah nature industries)
  • Fruit jams (Rania Enterprise)
  • Kedondong juice (Prescilla Enterprise)
  • Homemade mooncakes (JulieRich Enterprise)

SDC was launched on January 29, 2008 during the Ninth Malaysia Plan as one of Malaysia's five regional economic corridors, with the aim to accelerate the growth of Sabah's economy, promote regional balance and bridge the urban-rural divide, while ensuring sustainable management of state resources. This was followed by the establishment of SEDIA, through the adoption of the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority Enactment 2009 on January 15, 2009. Through the enactment, SEDIA is vested with the necessary power to serve as a decision-making and execution institution that is tasked with realising the SDC vision and mission, by being the One-Stop Authority to plan, coordinate, promote and accelerate the development of SDC.

Realising the potential of SME contributions to the state economy, SEDIA had developed initiatives for and have been actively involved in SME development in Sabah since during the Second Phase of SDC (2011-2015) and into the current Third and final Phase of SDC (2016-2025). The SME programmes are also in line with one of the three principles of SDC, which is capturing economic value activities. The SDC SME programmes are to help entrepreneurs, start-ups and companies to discover business ideas, validate as well as scale up their ventures.

A crucial component of SDC SME programmes is the SDC SME Incubator programme, of which include the SDC entrepreneurs that are participating in SIFBF 2018. The Incubation programme is conducted over a two-year period through two types of setups, namely In-Situ and Ex-Situ Incubation, based on their location.

In-Situ Incubation is hosted at the Sabah Agro-Industrial Precinct (SAIP), supported by shared basic facilities such as R&D laboratories, controlled environment farming, post-harvest handling facilities and collection centre, production line facilities, and the administration building. The incubatees will get access to technical and business advisory services from business development and technical officers stationed in SAIP.

The Ex-Situ Incubation programme is created to cater for SMEs stationed outside of SAIP (i.e. other districts of Sabah). However, the Ex-Situ participants are also members of SAIP, as they can access and utilise SAIP facilities as well as other supporting systems, on an appointment basis. In this arrangement, incubatees need to identify and acquire their premises or potential premises, as a pre-requisite to be qualified for the programme. They are guided by SEDIA's officers on a periodic basis

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