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By Ling Hui
KUCHING, Feb 9: The Federal government, through the Ministry of Entrepreneur and Cooperatives Development (KUSKOP), is setting up a pavilion at LaLaport Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC) specifically for Sarawak small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to showcase and sell their products.
Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Development Datuk Ewon Benedick said Sarawak Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan has been invited to visit and launch the pavilion once it is completed.
“This is one of our commitments to SMEs in Sarawak whereby we provide a pavilion for Sarawak SMEs to showcase and sell their products.
“The pavilion is located inside LaLaport Bukit Bintang City Centre,” he told reporters when met at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) after paying a courtesy call to Awang Tengah, who is also Sarawak Minister of International Trade, Industry and Investment.
The courtesy call was followed by a briefing session with Ewon and his ministry regarding the entrepreneurial development in Sarawak as well as some suggestions for the Federal government to help SMEs in Sarawak.
Meanwhile, Ewon said beginning this year, his ministry is putting extra emphasis on Sarawak and Sabah while not diminishing their original focus on the rest of Malaysia.
In terms of this year’s planning, he said his ministry put aside four entrepreneurial development programmes specially for Sarawak and Sabah, while there are 185 other programmes nationwide.
Among those also present were Deputy Minister of International Trade, Industry and Investment Datuk Dr Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, Deputy Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurial Development Dr Ripin Lamat, KUSKOP secretary-general Dato Sri Suriani Ahmad, and other officers from both ministries. — DayakDaily