KOTA KINABALU: The development of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sector is the government main agenda to help Bumiputera entrepreneurs especially from the youth group in the state.
Sabah Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, said it is proven by the implementation of 154 development programmes through the government and private funds amounting to RM13.35 billion last year.
“About 15 ministries with more than 60 government departments and agencies are involved in making these programmes a success,” he said in his speech for the opening ceremony of Heera Food Industries Sdn Bhd and Hajah Yanong Food Industries Enterprise, at SME Bank Factory, near here today.
According to him, the programmes focuses on the human resource development, funding access, market, innovation cultivation, technology, and infrastructure development.
Six other programmes for youths catering for business were also launched by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, and Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB), he said.
“Today we are together to see the opeing of two Bumiputera companies owned by youth entrepreneurs. It is indeed a fine effort in developing the youths in the state,” he added.
He also hopes for more youths to chase their dreams and set up their own business to create more opportunities for others. – SayangSabah