CGC holds workshop for SMEs to gain market access

By LYDIA NATHAN

Credit Guarantee Corp Malaysia Bhd (CGC) is organising a half-day workshop to aid small and medium enterprises (SMEs) overcome challenges in gaining access to local markets.

“We at CGC are dedicated to spur SME development and we truly understand the challenges encountered by SMEs in gaining market access. That is why we are organising this workshop, with the aim to offer hands-on knowledge to potential SMEs on exploring opportunities in lucrative business segments,” CGC’s chief business officer Leong Weng Choong said in a statement yesterday. The workshop, which will be held at Holiday Inn Melaka on July 6, is also dedicated to provide SMEs an insight into the world of marketing.

It targets SMEs mainly from the food and beverage industry and will last for half a day.

In line with growing initiatives under CGC Developmental Programme, among the topics to be featured include market access criteria and its associated challenges for food industries entering the Malaysian retail and hypermarkets; certification for halal, hazard analysis and critical control points and good manufacturing practice for food industries; and optimising productivity for food industries.

It will feature speakers like Mydin Malaysia’s GM Norman Rajen Abdullah, halal industry expert Ustaz Muhamad Elyas Harun and also a renowned local ready-to-cook food manufacturer, Asia Green Produce Enterprise.

In a recent report, SME Corp Malaysia CEO Datuk Dr Hafsah Hashim said that SMEs made up 98.5% of all business entities in the country.

As of April, SME Corp had approved RM5.6 million in grants and loans for 43,028 SMEs that applied nationwide.