State eyes using PI1M as rural e-commerce incubators

Sarawak Legislative Assembly Sitting, November 2017

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KUCHING, Nov 16: The International Trade and e-Commerce Ministry is looking into a possibility of signing a memoradum of understanding with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to use their Pusat Internet Satu Malaysia (PI1M) as rural e-Commerce Incubator Centres.

Its minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said MCMC had established 124 PI1M with about 80,200 members registered in Sarawak under the Universal Service Provision Programme initiative.

“The PI1M is established in sub-urban and rural areas to bring positive social and economic impact to the less exposed community in those areas,” he said during his winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly today.

He said each centre is equipped with 20 computer units and provides basic Internet access as well as free ICT related training and entrepreneur training that are conducted by a full-time manager and assistant manager.

There is a minimal charge of RM5 for life members to surf the Internet and utilise facilities such as photocopying, printing, scanning, typing documents and renting training rooms.

“The PI1M in collaboration with UNIMAS (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak), MARA, MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation), Lazada and various strategic partners have trained more than 90,000 participants on online entrepreneurship in Sarawak since 2016 to Oct 2017.

Similar to Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) which provides financial assistance of RM5,000 to qualified Malaysian companies, SME Corporation is also offering financial assistance for local enterprises to increase their product listing in e-marketplace under their Business Accelerator Programme (BAP).

He said BAP offers a matching grant of RM6,205 for listing 12 products and RM12,145 for listing 20 products.

“I would like to inform that there are presently 116 local companies on board BAP.

“I would like to urge our SMEs to take up these eTrade and BAP programmes which will be advantageous and beneficial to their businesses.” — DayakDaily