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Malaysia makes efforts to boost e-commerce adoption among SMEs

THE Malaysian government’s National Strategic E-commerce Roadmap aims to boost e-commerce adoption among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country.

To achieve the goal, the National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with each of the following SME associations in a bid to help achieve its goal:

  1. Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA)
  2. Malaysia Wholesalers Association (PPM)
  3. Malaysia Digital Chamber of Commerce (MDCC)
  4. Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA)
  5. SME Association of Malaysia

Pikom believes that this move will help it double the number of e-commerce enabled SMEs in the country, from 180,000 to the 350,000 by 2020.

Through the MoU, Pikom intends to educate SMEs about e-commerce and facilitate their journey to become e-commerce enabled businesses.

Further, Pikom will provide SMEs with access to its technology enabler member companies who can provide support with payment gateways, logistics, and e-commerce platforms.

 Pikom Chairman and E-Commerce Malaysia Chapter Chairman, Ganesh Kumar Bangah told Digital News Asia: “This way, Pikom will act as the platform to link local SMEs to over 100 of our technology enabler members via our new Pikom e-Commerce Fair.”

The Pikom e-Commerce Fair is expected to kick off in the first half of this year and will be held monthly.

“Through the Pikom e-Commerce Fair and via the five respective associations’ networks, we could possibly reach out to the over 700,000 local SMEs to help them tap on the knowledge and expertise of Pikom’s wide range of technology enabler members to be successfully onboarded to e-commerce.”