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      15 April 2019  

SME AgroBazaar @SDC to be held on April 26-30 at SAIP
 

Kota Kinabalu (Monday) - Following a discussion this afternoon, the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) will be collaborating with the Sabah office of the Companies Commission of Malaysia to organise the SME AgroBazaar @SDC, which will be held on April 26-30, 2019, at the Sabah Agro-Industrial Precinct (SAIP), Kimanis. The opening ceremony for the four-day bazaar will be on April 26, 2019, and is expected to be officiated by Datuk Haji Aidi Bin Moktar, the Minister of Law and Native Affairs cum Assemblyman for Pantai Manis, Papar.

 
  SEDIA Chief Executive Datuk Dr. Mohd Yaakub (centre) presenting a memento to Mohd Yasin@Jafri Bin Abd. Malik, the Sabah Director of the Companies Commission Of Malaysia (second from left)

On showcase during the event will be the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) programmes and initiatives for developing small and medium enterprises (SMEs), including the facilities and services available at SAIP. The bazaar will also provide for business opportunities and serve as a trading platform for investors, SMEs and start-ups, allowing them to showcase their products and services. The objectives for organising the event are:

  • To enhance awareness on the potential of entrepreneurship, especially among the rural communities;
  • To drive value-added business activities, and the marketing of agriculture-based products; and
  • To promote SAIP as an inclusive and dedicated hub for downstream agriculture activities.

Members of the public will be drawn in by key event highlights such as:

  • Wholesale agro-based products;
  • Local SME products, 'car boot sale', and food trucks;
  • Talks by various government agencies on various agro-SME topics;
  • Registration for new SAIP Incubator participants;
  • SDC HotDesk talks on business development;
  • Agro-SAIP course on entrepreneurship potential in the agriculture industry;
  • Tours of SAIP facilities; and
  • Agro-based fun activities and competitions.

SEDIA was established on January 15, 2009, through the adoption of Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority Enactment 2009. Through the enactment, SEDIA is vested with the necessary power to serve as the One-Stop Authority to plan, coordinate, promote and accelerate the development of SDC. SDC was launched earlier 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. Having realised the potential of SME contributions to the state economy, SEDIA had developed initiatives and has been actively involved in SME development in Sabah since 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.

With an estimated area of 185 acres, SAIP is envisaged as a centre of excellence in agro-biotechnology that optimises the state's biodiversity and abundant natural resources to produce higher value-added food and specialty products based on botanicals, aquatic plants and animals. By 2017, all of the physical construction works on phases one and two of SAIP project development, together with the procurement of various machinery and equipment, have been completed. These two phases of development consist of six facility infrastructure, housing the Administration and Incubation Centre, Research, Development, Commercialisation and Innovation Laboratory, Post-Harvest Collection and Handling centre, food processing Production Line Facility, Herb Manufacturing centre, and CEF greenhouses. The machinery and equipment at SAIP include over 45 laboratory equipment, specific for conducting plant tissue culture, horticulture research, product development, and food analysis. More than 90 types of machinery and equipment are also provided for agriculture and herb downstream processing. SAIP is also currently undergoing certification for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Key to SME development initiatives at SAIP is the Agro-SAIP training programme, which have thus far benefitted 2,021 participants from throughout Sabah over the span of 36 courses since its inception in 2012. The Agro-SAIP training programme, which assists local SMEs to enhance their skills, expertise and capabilities, was established with the aim to empower technopreneurs in the agro-based industry, by giving the necessary exposure and transfer of knowledge, especially on the processing of agro-food and specialty natural products. Through the training programme, participants are given access to experienced speakers and industry representatives in various sectors; speakers well-versed in pharma-herbs, controlled environment farming, post-harvest handling technology, agro-organic and agro-food industries, business and marketing through e-commence, and bio-science and biotechnology had been invited to come and share their experience and expertise with participants.

For more information on the event, please call the SEDIA office at 088-450650, or visit www.sedia.com.my.

- Media SEDIA

   
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