BID TO HELP LO­CAL SMES GO GLOBAL

Ini­tia­tive will en­able busi­nesses to max­imise po­ten­tial

New Straits Times - - Business -

KUALA LUMPUR

MASTERCARD, Google, Al­liance Bank and Maxis, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­istry, SME Corp and Malaysia Ex­ter­nal Trade De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Ma­trade), have launched Go Global Malaysia, a training and ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme for small and medium en­ter­prises (SMEs).

The ini­tia­tive seeks to equip SMEs with the skills and tools to max­imise their busi­ness po­ten­tial, help them cap­i­talise on growth op­por­tu­ni­ties and raise their com­pe­ten­cies to be­come global play­ers in their in­dus­tries by en­cour­ag­ing them to go dig­i­tal.

“With the rise of the dig­i­tal econ­omy, cou­pled with the fast­paced, com­pet­i­tive busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, the adop­tion and use of tech­nol­ogy has be­come a key en­abler of progress,” said Mastercard coun­try man­ager for Malaysia and Brunei, Perry Ong.

Elec­tronic pay­ments al­low SMEs to achieve greater ef­fi­ciency, meet evolv­ing busi­ness de­mands and sup­port busi­ness growth and scale.

Mastercard and Al­liance Bank will host work­shops fo­cused on ed­u­cat­ing and training 1,000 en­trepreneurs on the ben­e­fits of dig­i­tal pay­ment plat­forms, in­clud­ing mak­ing and col­lect­ing pay­ments safely, swiftly and smartly, as part of the pro­gramme.

In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed (cen­tre) launch­ing the Go Global Malaysia ini­tia­tive in Kuala Lumpur yeste­day. With him are his deputy Datuk Ah­mad Maslan (fourth from left) and SME Corp chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Dr Haf­sah Hashim.

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