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Minggu PKS merupakan program tahunan, anjuran SME Corp. Malaysia selaku Agensi Penyelaras Pusat PKS bagi mengiktiraf peranan dan sumbangan PKS kepada ekonomi Negara. Program ini telah bermula sejak tahun 2012 dan diadakan di seluruh negara, selama seminggu pada bulan Jun setiap tahun.

Pada tahun ini, Minggu PKS 2015 yang diadakan buat kali ke-4 telah berlangsung dari 30 Mei hingga 5 Jun 2015, melibatkan kerjasama semua Kementerian dan Agensi yang terlibat dalam pembangunan PKS. Ianya juga melibatkan Kerajaan Negeri, GLC, pihak swasta, media, sekolah dan universiti, pasaraya besar dan kompleks beli belah, Persatuan dan Dewan Perniagaan serta Institusi Kewangan.

Program ini juga merupakan platform untuk masyarakat umum mendapatkan maklumat serta khidmat nasihat mengenai langkah untuk memulakan perniagaan serta bantuan yang disediakan oleh Kerajaan kepada PKS untuk memajukan perniagaan mereka.

Pada tahun ini, sebanyak 168 aktiviti telah dirancang untuk dilaksanakan di seluruh negara sepanjang Minggu PKS, termasuklah penyediaan 1,442 booth untuk pameran dan promosi produk PKS serta kaunter maklumat. Selain itu terdapat juga sesi perkongsian pengalaman, pemadanan perniagaan, seminar penjenamaan, bengkel, forum keusahawanan, Pocket Talk, Business Pitching dan klinik usahawan.

Pada tahun ini, Majlis Perasmian Minggu PKS 2015 Peringkat Kebangsaan telah diadakan di Johor Bahru, dirasmikan bersama oleh YB Menteri dan YAB Dato’Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Menteri Besar Johor. Program Minggu PKS 2015 di peringkat negeri turut dijayakan dengan kerjasama agensi Kerajaan Negeri. Sebagai contoh di Johor, rakan agensi yang terlibat adalah Pusat Pembangunan Usahawan Johor (EDC), MARA dan TEKUN.

Minggu PKS 2015 telah mencatat peningkatan jualan sebanyak RM3.6 juta tahun ini berbanding RM1.7 juta pada tahun 2014. Melalui sesi pemadanan perniagaan yang dilaksanakan juga, sebanyak RM60.03 juta potensi jualan telah direkodkan.

Dari segi bilangan peserta gerai pameran, sebanyak 1,314 peserta menyertai pameran. Tahun ini, sebanyak 168 aktiviti dilaksanakan berbanding 158 aktiviti pada tahun 2014. Secara keseluruhannya, seramai 344,709 orang peserta dan pengunjung telah mendapat manafaat daripada bengkel, seminar, pocket talk dan kaunter maklumat yang disediakan sempena Minggu PKS ini.

 

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SMEs are undoubtedly a dominating force universally, where they make up 95% of the enterprises across the world, accounting for 50% of the world’s GDP and approximately 60-70% of employment (ITC-WTO Study 2014). It is also imperative to realise that the internationalisation of such vast and critical mass of global SMEs can bring economic welfare gains to the world.

A good example that substantiates this fact is the significant economic contribution of SMEs in the APEC economies, with more than 50% to GDP by member countries namely China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and the United States. This is also supported by the findings of the European Commission (EC), which suggest that internationally active SMEs - those that invest abroad, involved in import-export services, have FDIs, or have established foreign collaborations - tend to report higher employment rates; higher inclinations to build technological cooperations; and high turnover growths with enhanced capacities for innovation.

A joint study by ADB and the International Labour Organization (ILO) highlights some of the challenges and opportunities that will accompany the AEC, which include managing labour migration, boosting productivity and wages, and improving job quality. In the end, it will all be about economic gains and shared prosperity. What is reassuring for the SME community is that SME development is one of the two core elements that have been included in the Equitable Economic Development objective of the AEC.

This works well for Malaysia, especially with the current seamless implementation of the SME Masterplan (2012-2020), accelerating the growth of SMEs and increasing their contribution to the economy by the year 2020. Our aspiration, akin to other ASEAN countries, is to strengthen SMEs by improving access to financing and skills. The AEC will help create multiple avenues for this and the Malaysian SMEs must not lose sight of the big picture, which is to grow into locally viable, sustainable and globally competitive enterprises. Do not forget that sooner than later the ASEAN Single Market and Production Base will make possible free-flow of goods, services, investments, capital and even labor - all of which will help fuel the resources of SMEs for new, organic growth.

 

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SME Corp. Malaysia recorded sales negotiation worth RM418.54 million throughout the pioneering ASEAN Showcase and Conference (ASSC) 2015, organised from 26-28 May 2015. The event, which received more than 10,000 registered visitors, was officially closed today by YBhg. Tan Sri Ir. (Dr) Mohamed Al Amin Abdul Majid, Chairman of SME Corp. Malaysia, after three days of action-pact business and trade proceedings.

Local, regional and international community of entrepreneurs, SMEs, multinational showcased their capabilities, capacity and preparedness to tap the current and future ASEAN potential for business and trade.

Some of the active participants at the Business Matching sessions included BAE Systems, e-Bay, Rio Tinto Singapore, PTT Public Company Ltd, Tesco, Mydin, MRT Corp., Aeon BIG, Alliance Bank Malaysia, Sime Darby and many more. There were 32 anchor companies and 122 SMEs participated in the sessions.

Top three sectors with highest potential sales value are namely Electrical and Electronics with almost RM125 million worth of potential sales; SSL/LED almost RM107 million; and Machinery & Engineering RM54 million.

“The ASSC 2015 received positive response from various high-influence and ministerial positions from the ASEAN, especially from member countries of Philippines, Laos PDR, Thailand among others. I am confident and glad that some member countries regarded the Conference as a model to be emulated in providing a platform that brings the member countries together towards forging closer collaboration within ASEAN and between ASEAN and the trade partners,” said Dato’ Hafsah.
The ASSC 2015 which was concluded today also brought together seven Ministers and Deputy Ministers in-charge of SME development in ASEAN to share their visions and aspirations on the forthcoming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by end-2015, and more importantly, the way forward post-AEC.

The closing ceremony also witnesses the prizing ceremony for The National Mark of Malaysian Brand – ‘Spot the Mark’ contest. Mr. Toh Seng Kim from Kuala Terengganu, named as the Grand Prize Winner, brought home RM5,000 Cash & Sponsored Hamper.

 

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Having lower revenue and fewer employees does not mean that SMEs will not need the big data. With the proliferation of mobile devices, mobile apps and social media, SMEs may need to embrace big data to create new market opportunities, understand the customer needs better, focus on targeted market and reduce operational costs. In fact, a report by Research and Markets forecast that the global big data market for SMEs will grow at a compound rate of more than 40 per cent until 2018.

But before SMEs can embark on big data, they need to look at the costs, its execution and to take stock of their needs. They may need to focus first on smaller data set from CRM platform, social media or email marketing programs to see the patterns and trend before implementing big data solutions. The other challenge is that, many SMEs are lack of expertise in technology especially in big data. They need to know which question to ask of the data and how their business can best use from it. There are many useful tools which they can use to help with the big data strategy. They also need to be able to analyse their own data to learn how they have performed in the past and use it for future strategy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Currently, 60% of ASEAN population are Youth; individuals below the age of 35. Moving forward, there are 3 key areas that youth in ASEAN need for entrepreneurship which are better access to information, advantage of regional initiatives and looking inward. Aspiring young entrepreneurs should tap into the rich culture and tradition of ASEAN in creating the next big thing. In 2005, access to information is about 31.2%. The statistic has triple in value in 2012, with 111.5% access of information.

 

Besides that, a comprehensive regional plan should be adopted and implemented. The plan should comprise of finance, market, human resource, information service and technology innovation that will benefit the youth.

 

 

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