KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC) is targeting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to increase their contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at an average rate of 1.0% to 1.5% annually, reported Bernama.
Its Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said the target was projected based on the latest status of the recovery phase nationwide, namely in phases three and four. Under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), the contribution of MSMEs to GDP has been set at 45%in 2025.
“This will revive industrial operations, especially for the affected MSMEs and further drive the economic growth of MSMEs,” he said during the winding up debate on the Supply Bill 2022 at the policy level in Parliament on November 18.
The GDP contribution of MSMEs for 2020 was 38.2%.
Apart from that, Noh said the export contribution of MSMEs is expected to increase at an average rate of 2.0 to 2.5% annually.
Based on the 12MP, MSMEs are targeted to contribute 25% of the country’s total exports by 2025.
“MSMEs’ contribution to the country’s total exports in 2020 was 13.5%,” he said.
Meanwhile, MEDAC through agencies such as the National Entrepreneurship Institute (INSKEN), Perbadanan Nasional Bhd (Pernas), UDA Holdings and SME Bank have implemented various types of programmes in the form of financing, guidance and training, digitalisation and market access to assist entrepreneurs.
Among the programmes provided is the Online Sales Guidance Programme by INSKEN.
For 2020 and 2021, a total of RM1.7 million has been spent involving a total of 2,100 participants under the programme.
Under Pernas, the Pybli programme has 478 entrepreneurs who have registered with a total stock keeping unit (SKU) of 696 products.
“As all agencies have their own programmes, the ministry is planning to combine all the platforms into one platform known as MEDAC Mall for the purpose of helping entrepreneurs,” he said.