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KUALA TERENGGANU, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- A total of 1,064 entrepreneurs on the East Coast benefitted from the ECER-SIRIM entrepreneur programme organised by the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC).
Deputy Finance Minister I, Datuk Mohd Shahar Abdullah, said the initiative, implemented in 2013, focuses on entrepreneurs from Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).
Of the total, some 170 companies have successfully obtained halal certification by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) to penetrate the halal market and add value to their products.
“The Federal government has allocated RM2.4 million for the ECER-SIRIM Entrepreneur programme from 2015 until last year.
“The government will continue to support this programme,” he told reporters at Terengganu Zone ECER-SIRIM Entrepreneur Programme graduation ceremony today.
Meanwhile, ECERDC chief executive officer Datuk Baidzawi Che Mat said ECERDC had carried out online business matching sessions to help entrepreneurs expand their business networks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ECERDC also facilitates the participation of entrepreneurs in international trade and promotion missions such as the China-Asean Expo (CAEXPO) to help penetrate the global market, he added.
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